Gift of Water Station

This oar is in two pieces--A is the lowest part of the oar, with a plastic paddle attached to an aluminum tube; B is another part of the oar, an aluminum tube with black plastic caps on the end. The two pieces do not fit together; more pieces probably fit together with these to create the full-length oar. Members of the Water Station organization found this oar next to the All-American Canal, which runs along the border between California and Mexico. It was presumably used by an immigrant crossing the canal in a arft. Water Station is an organization that places these barrels in the desert near the California/Mexico border, placing water bottles inside for border-crossing immigrants to drink and thus avoid dehydration.

Used: immigrant | California/Mexico border

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