Canoe Burial
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Basic Information

Canoe burial is a funerary practice best exemplified by the Amerindian peoples of the Pacific NorthWest. Presumably there is an appropriate indigenous term for the practice, but canoe burial is English name for it, despite there being no actual interment involved.

Broadly, the deceased is placed in a canoe - likely one they used in life - accompanied by appropriate grave goods and sealed up with hides or wooden boards. The whole assembly is then placed in the treetops - sometimes on a manmade platform, other times directly onto the branches - and left there.


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Game and Story Use

  • Would be an interesting tradition to encounter cold "there's a boat in this tree … with a dead guy in it…"
  • Presumably, the canoe could serve as a grave-good in its own right.
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