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Pinock Smith: Birch Bark Canoe Making

Pinock Smith is Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Nation near Maniwaki, Québec. His ancestors in the Eastern Woodlands relied heavily on birchbark canoes as a mode of transportation and Smith is a master Algonquin birchbark canoe builder. He is also a gifted craftsmen of toboggans, cradleboards, paddles, drums and other traditional items. Smith has participated in many demonstrations and workshops that allow him to pass on the traditional knowledge handed down to him. Smith’s work is on view at Remai Modern as part of the exhibition Canoe, on view in Remai Modern’s free Connect Gallery until May 8, 2022. Canoe is curated by Michelle Jacques, Head of Exhibitions & Collections/Chief Curator; Kelly Tolley, Remai Modern Program Guide (Indigenous Arts and Programs); and Lyndon J. Linklater, Indigenous Relations Advisor at Remai Modern.