Gitchi Gummi, meaning “Big Water”, is what the Native American Nations called Lake Superior. The deep blue depths of that monstrous lake are echoed in this design.
Countless haunting, epic, glorious and terrible tales have been spun of the Gitchi Gummi over the years. Here’s a few lines of a song from one of the more famous of those tales ~
“The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down///of the big lake they called “Gitche Gumee.”///The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead///when the skies of November turn gloomy.///With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more///than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty,///that good ship and true was a bone to be chewed///when the “Gales of November” came early.”
~ Gordon Lightfoot - The Sinking of the Edmond Fitzgerald
This design is painted on our Voyageur Heritage Paddle. With an elegantly traditional blade shape these are graceful in and out of the water. They’re perfect for lazy turns around the lake or for gracing the wall of your cabin. Each is a laminated combination of western red cedar, aspen and black walnut.