Model of the frame of a three-hatched kayak. Kodiak Eskimos. USA , Alaska state, Kodiak. North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island.

Model of the frame of a three-hatched kayak
Collection MAE RAS: № 539-2
Image ID: 4070689
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Museum inventory number:
№ 539-2
Title:
Model of the frame of a three-hatched kayak
Ethnicity:
Kodiak Eskimos
Place:
USA , Alaska state, Kodiak
Geography:
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island
Collector:
Golovin Vasiliy Mikhailovich, Vice Admiral, Fleet General Intendant, corresponding member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences
Materials:
wood, sinew, baleen
Dimensions:
length 91 cm, width 12.2 cm, height of the hull 8.2 cm, height of the nose 9.5 cm
Commentation:
“In front they are building a frame or hull of a kayak which is very fine and light with the greatest attention to its accuracy and symmetry, making a small round opening where a man will sit; then they stretch sewn-together skins around the frame with the exception of the hatches or places for people. Inside the kayak they spread old skins which they refer to as bedding so that they do not sit directly on the frame. A person sits in the aforementioned opening and stretches his legs out in front of him: but the Koniags for the most part paddle while on their knees, with woven grass bags underneath; the Chugach have small benches and instead of bedding use their wooden armor which provides them greater height when on their knees and ankles.” (Davydov 1812: 146)
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