This object-rich exhibition features American dugouts from ancient times to the present, and illustrates ways they have affected life and travel throughout the Americas, from Florida to the Amazon and the Pacific. Discover the world’s largest archaeological find—101 ancient dugouts at Newnans Lake, Florida, and how scientists study dugouts from the past. Learn how the dugout tradition is alive and well in Native communities today.

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Dugout Canoes Educators’ Guide


  • Introduction
  • Exhibit Walk-Through
  • Major Exhibit Themes
  • Themed Visits
  • Classroom Activities
  • Educational Standards
  • Background Information