Canada's extensive coasts and vast maze of rivers and lakes encouraged the development of many different types of boats by Native People. These craft provided mobility where it was otherwise practically impossible to travel. The Haida carved their canoes from the giant red cedars of the Pacific coast. Characterized by their raised, projected bow and stern pieces, Haida canoes were magnificently decorated with hereditary crest designs. The craft were used for travelling, hunting and war. Graphic designer Louis-André Rivard and illustrator Bernard Leduc, both of Montreal, together designed these four stamps. They picture the Native craft as first seen by the Europeans. The environments where each boat would characteristically be found form a backdrop for the small craft depicted.
Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1989.
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