La Chasse-Galerie

The legend of the Chasse-Galerie is based upon the story of a French nobleman named Gallery who loved to hunt (especially on Sunday) and failed to attend Mass. In New France this story mingled with the Indian legend of the “flying canoe” and hence the legend of the “Chasse Galerie” or “Bewitched Canoe” This rendering is showing the return flight from the New Year’s dance. The party goers have been drinking and the canoe is in danger of touching the tree tops. A wonderful carving of Quebec Folk Lore. Length – 31” Width – 16”.