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The Survival of the Bark Canoe I wish that I could say that I really enjoyed reading The Survival of the Bark Canoe by John McPhee The book was well written and interesting but I felt that I was taking up time that needed to be spent elsewhere The Survival of the Bark Canoe was able to cover the four core areas and I guess that is the important aspect of the book Core A the first of the four core areas is about society and self I found myself thinking about this core when reading about the tensions building up between the members of the group taking the canoe trip How do the group dynamics compare to the thoughts of the individuals I found that it was through these group interactions that we learned more about Henri Vaillancourt In the beginning of the book we see Henri as almost a God in that he knows so much about the birch-bark canoes It is throughout the book that we see that his knowledge is limited to the building of the canoes He is definitely lacking in social skills as we see in his carrying of the canoe during the portages He also lacks knowledge when it comes to steering a canoe As readers we would not learned of any of these aspects of Henri without the other characters for him to play off of The next core area is Core B--or the individual and the material world This is the science area of the Hutchins program I felt that this core was addressed in the discussions on the making of the birch-bark canoes John McPhee described to us the process that Henri Vaillancourt went through to make the birch-bark canoes Henri used an old form of technology when building the canoes yet they were still seen as superior to canoes built with modern technology I find this interesting In todays world we are so
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