Illinois State Artifact


Pirogue; dugout canoe

Pirogue; dugout canoe.  Photo by Hans Hillewaert/Flickr (Noncommercial Use Permitted with Attribution/No Derivative Works).

Official State Artifact of Illinois

Illinois designated the pirogue as the official state artifact in 2016. All Cultural Heritage Symbols

The pirogue was promoted by students at a Wilmette middle school as a tribute to the native Americans who were the first inhabitants of Illinois.