Construction and uses of dugout canoes (Ghana)

Credit: Patrick Appenteng (Ghana)

Blessing a dug-out canoe (Ghana)



The insert shows a finished product of a dugout canoe. These canoes actually belong to a fish farmer. The length is about 5m. He uses them to transport feed onto his cages to feed his fishes. They also double up as a means to cart harvested fish onshore to ready customers. Depending on the preference of the owner, the canoe could either be painted or not. In this particular boat, the fisherman decided to decorate his boat and bless it with a bible verse “Two fish and five loaves”.



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