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

Model of a three-hatched kayak
Collection MAE RAS: № 536-11
Image ID: 4070680
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Museum inventory number:
№ 536-11
Title:
Model 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:
Lisyanskiy Yuri Fedorovich, the first Russian round-the-world sea captain, researcher of Russian America
Expedition:
Russian circumnavigations and half round-the-world sea expeditions
Materials:
wood, sinew, phoca bowels, paint, baleen, cloth, beads
Dimensions:
length 71.5 cm, width 9.2 cm, height with figure 13 cm, height of the hull 5,8 cm, height of the nose 9 cm
Commentation:
In the forward hatch there is a figure of a hunter wearing ceremonial headgear made like the head of a seal. In the middle hatch the hunter figure is wearing a visor with an open top which is made like the head of a bird. It is possible that it symbolizes the head of a puffin. At the present time there are no visors like this in any museum collections. “ At various times the Americans paint their faces, most likely when they have to make a big crossing, but the most important and long-standing superstition they have is that of not eating anything or eating very little before a departure because they are convinced that a hungry person is stronger, paddles more easily, and can endure his work longer” (Davydov 1812: 62—63).
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