“National Treasure: Canoes, Canada, and the Wonders of the Canadian Canoe Museum”
A Public Presentation by James Raffan
Executive Director, Canadian National Canoe Museum, Peterborough, Ontario
Tuesday, March 30th, 7:30, Herring-Cole Hall, St. Lawrence University
Sponsored by the Canadian Studies and Environmental Studies departments
Dr. James Raffan, one of the Canada’s foremost authorities on canoes and the wilderness experience, will be visiting St. Lawrence on March 30th. Focusing on the canoe in North American history and culture, his public talk will range from the earliest uses of the craft by Native peoples through the exploration and the fur trade periods to the canoe’s contemporary presence in advertising, music, and recreation. Examining numerous building traditions—from the oldest to the much more recent—Raffan will draw upon the collection of the Canadian National Canoe Museum to illustrate his presentation. Speaking here in Canton, home to one of the great pioneering canoe builders, J. Henry Rushton, Raffan will examine this Canadian cultural icon in a broader North American context. A Fellow and past Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, past Chair of the Arctic Institute of North America and a Fellow International of Explorer’s Club, James Raffan is the author of some fifteen books and has traveled summer and winter throughout Canada by canoe, snowshoe, bicycle, and many other means.
For further information, contact Canadian or Environmental Studies (5814) or Robert Thacker (5970)