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A dugout canoe discovered 80 years ago in Lake Minnetonka is hundreds of years older than previously thought and is one of the oldest of its kind ever found in Minnesota.
New radiocarbon dating has found that a canoe removed from Lake Minnetonka in 1934 was constructed between 1025 and 1165 A.D., making it nearly 1,000 years old.
The canoe, made from a hollowed tree trunk by some of the earliest American Indians to live on the lake and in the state, was initially dated to about 1750. But recent radiocarbon testing now dates it to between 1025 and 1165 — making it one of the oldest watercraft finds in the state.
The study, released Tuesday by Maritime Heritage Minnesota, determined that the Lake Minnetonka canoe, which is 11 feet by nearly 1.5 feet, is the oldest. It’s also in good condition despite some deterioration since it was unearthed; it’s lost small pieces and a large crack splits it.
“That’s sad,” Merriman said, adding that the damage may be from the 1930s. “They didn’t know better; they cared about history but didn’t know how to care for it.”
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What if it isn't a Native American dugout boat at all, but a boat made by Vikings?
They were possibly around that area at the time. Cool boat.
Are Native American boats like these still used today?
Sometimes, but not very often. Canoeing is still popular among Native Americans in many tribes, but most of them use modern canoes, just as their non-Native neighbors do.
Traditional Indian canoes are still made by craftsmen in some tribes, but they are most often used for display or for cultural festivals.
In Alaska, Northern Canada, and especially Greenland, some Inuit and Aleut hunters still take to the sea in skin kayaks.
Aymara reed boats are mostly used for cultural events and tourism, but in a few communities smaller reed boats are also used for fishing.
On the Amazon River and its tributaries, some South American Indian tribes continue to use traditional boat styles on a daily basis.
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In this episode, I test my skills in a very different way. As an outdoor skills director, I always try and push the limit of what can be done as a part of a summer camp program. This season, it was perhaps the most ambitious project I've ever attempted, a dugout canoe. It's an ancient style of boat, which humans have been constructing for millennia. This first section, is about the physical construction of the boat, while the second is the process of launching it.