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[Decorative Wooden Paddle]

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Ba Kite (Da Mi Deh)
wood paint
Maroon paddles vary in size, shape, decoration according to their use, ownership, and region. Traditionally, paddles for rowing large cargo canoes were very wide. Women's paddles are about half size of men's paddles because women are only suppose to use short, brisk paddling strokes. As seen here paddles are lavishly carved and painted with colorful design and motifs. Artist Ba Kite (Da Mi Deh) made this woman's paddle, and the engraved silver spoons in the collection, 2006.0014.3. A photo of the artist can be found in the collection, 2006.0014.5.
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