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September 3, 2013

Wampanoag canoe headed to Smithsonian

PLYMOUTH (AP) — A traditional Wampanoag canoe made by Plimoth Plantation’s Wampanoag Indigenous Program is headed to the Smithsonian.

The canoe, known as a mishoon, will be ready for shipment Thursday.

The Patriot-Ledger reports that the 16-foot canoe and a documentary film about its construction will be brought to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington on Friday.

Darius Coombs, associate director of the Wampanoag Indigenous Program, came up with the idea of making a mishoon for donation to the Smithsonian.

He calls the Smithsonian’s acceptance of the canoe an honor.

The mishoon is made from a single piece of white pine which is wrapped in clay and burned to create a thick bottom and natural keel.

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