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Recent Sightings: Canoe on the move

May 29, 2014

Birchbark canoe

From left, Tom DuBois, professor of Scandinavian studies and comparative literature and folklore studies, and Colin Connors, graduate student in Scandinavian studies, are spotted supporting a birchbark canoe as it is driven a short distance along Observatory Drive toward a launch site near the Memorial Union Terrace. The canoe – handmade last autumn by Wayne Valliere – was then paddled on Lake Mendota by Valliere and his son back to Dejope Residence Hall for installation as part of a permanent display. Valliere is a Native American artist-in-residence with the Art Department and member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.