This object-rich and interactive exhibition features American dugouts from ancient times to present.
Find out how dugout canoes 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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For more information contact Julie Waters, Traveling Exhibits Coordinator, 352-273-2077 email@example.com
3,000-4,000 square feet
One-way inbound, paid by host venue
Adults, families, school groups
All exhibit elements in English and Spanish
Exhibit technician oversees installation and take-down. Promotional and educational material available.
Julie Waters: 352-273-2077 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Museum Artifacts
More than 100 unique objects, including an ancient Florida canoe, a contemporary dugout from the Pacific Northwest, canoe paddles and model canoes from across the Americas, fishing equipment, canoe-making tools and more.
- Hands-On Interactives
Be an archaeologist at an ancient canoe discovery site. Use a microscope to identify woods. Discover objects from ancient canoe cultures. Touch trade materials and model canoes. Create a rubbing from a sacred Mayan engraving. Design your own paddle. Climb into a real dugout.
- Media Components
Four short films showcase the making of a canoe, canoe science, the world’s largest find of ancient dugouts, and the 2009 Native American Canoe Journey.
- Large-Format Graphics
Numerous large-format historic engravings, photo backdrops and interpretive panels.
Dugout Canoes in the news
A Vessel of Indian Culture (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 3, 2011)
What Lies Beneath (PDF) (Gainesville Magazine, 2011)