The Man in the Dugout Canoe
(Drew Turner presented a program at the the May 2016 SMAA meeting.)
Drew Turner has always loved adventure and the frontier way of life. As a young child he studied all about, trapping, canoe building, and dreamed dreams about how it must have been to live in America at the time of her birth.
When Drew was only about 8 years old his grandfather introduced him to trapping, and his love for trapping has never dwindled. He would read the Fox Fire books when he was growing up and this inspired him to build a log cabin at age 15. This story was printed in the Hattiesburg American in 1975, with pictures of him sitting by the fireplace in his animal skinned fur vest he made from the skins he had harvested.
As he became a man he had a desire to share this love with the public. He does not want the life that our forefathers lived to be forgotten. He has made buckskin clothing, a dugout canoe and primitive bows and arrows. He did not make these things just to look at. He has used them to do as our ancestors once did. He has hunted deer for meat with the bow and arrow. He uses the hide from these animals to make clothing and art work for his home. He has traveled the rivers and streams in a canoe he has carved from a poplar tree.
Drew does not display these items for his glory. He does this so we as a nation will not forget how Americans once lived. Man had to utilize what God had put on this earth in order for them to have food, shelter and raiment. Neither, is Drew too proud to eat the animals or the fruit of the land put here by our God.
And God said; Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 1:26.