Canadian Canoe Museum
May 10th Through 12th 1996
The conference will explore such themes as: the canoe in art, writing, and the media; the canoe as a popular or spiritual symbol for English, French, Aboriginal and other cultures; and the canoe as a simple but sophisticated tool with global origins. The conference will be presented as a series of plenary sessions including audio-visual presentations, and special guest lectures. The proceedings will be published by the Frost Centre.
To commemorate the event the museum is staging a symbolic Canoe Trek in a Montreal Canoe from St. Marie Amoung the Hurons to Peterborough following Champlain's route of 1615. Arriving at Little Lake on Saturday afternoon, it will join a flotilla of canoes to cross the lake and finish the voyage with a parade of boats portaging six blocks to the Museum.
The conference is also being co-ordinated with the annual Peterborough Heritage Canoe Festival. Located at the Peterborough liftlock on the Trent Severn Waterway, the Festival features three days of illustrated talks and practical demonstrations.
Finally, on Saturday evening after the grand opening, Harper Collins Publishing will host a national launch of author and educator Jim Raffan's new book Fires in the Bones on the life of the late Bill Mason. This is a tremendously important work on a man whose passion for the craft inspired a unique Canadian artistic and wildernes tradition that profoundly affects each of us.
For more information:
Erik R. Hanson
The Frost Centre for Canadian Heritage and Development Studies
Peterborough, ON K9H 7B8
voice: (705) 876-8433
fax: (705) 748-1801