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Cherokee River Travel

They did not travel by birch bark canoe—white birches did not grow in the South. They felled hardwood trees and built 40-foot dugout canoes holding 20 men. The canoes were hollowed with fire and waterproofed with bear grease.

The family in my novel, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears, used dugout canoes.

 

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Cherokee Express

Birch bark canoes are a stereotype. Suitable birches only grow in the Great Lakes, Canada, and the northeast US.  Like many Native Americans, Cherokees used dugout canoes (hollowed-out trees).

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