A shallow, saucer-shaped skin boat used especially by Plains Indians for crossing rivers.
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Probably quite an anachronism by the time this photograph was taken in or around 1911, the distinctive style of transport featured in this photograph, known as a 'bullboat', was once widely used by the Upper Missouri river tribes to cross rivers and navigate more shallow river-way tributaries.
the Bullboat of the native North Americans; Curragh or Currach of Ireland and Scotland; Gufa of Iraq; Ku-Dru and Kowas of Tibet; Parisal of India; Thung-Chai of Vietnam".
Wilson was struck by the precision of her memory about the details of laying out a lodge, making a bullboat of hide and poles, diapering the infant Goodbird with cattail down and endless other skills.