Arawak Canoes


Use of the Canoes
The Arawaks were skilled seafarers (source). For transportation, they relied heavily on walking and canoeing. They could walk to most the places in their village, but in order to visit other villages, trade items, and to fish, they canoed. The canoes were vital in their trading between certain islands of cloth, tools, weapons, furniture, tobacco, certain fruits and gold. (source) The Arawaks have many villages Northof the Caribbean (source). When visiting the island today, the means of transportation is still the same, walking and canoeing.
(source)

canoe.gif
(source) A typical dugout canoe.

Construction of Canoes
The Arawaks built long canoes that could carry up to 80 people (source). They did not use metal tools to carve out the canoes from trees. Instead, they would use a silk contton tree that was first ringed and burnt off at the base. They would then chip the upper side and slowly burn out the interior. Then, they would wet the hollowed trunk and insert "wooden wedges of different lengths to widen it in the middle and taper it at the end" to shape the canoe. (source) The canoe was then buried in damp sand to cure before being dried in the sun
.
arawak_5.jpg


This photograph illustrates the creations of a canoe
(source)