Model of a two-hatched kayak. Chugach. USA , Russian America. North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska. Prior to 1845.

Model of a two-hatched kayak
Collection MAE RAS: № 568-6
Image ID: 4072003
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Museum inventory number:
№ 568-6
Title:
Model of a two-hatched kayak
Ethnicity:
Chugach
Place:
USA , Russian America
Geography:
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska
Date:
prior to 1845
Collector:
Romanovskii Aleksandr Danilovich, physician, in service in Russian America in 1840-1845
Materials:
harbor seal skin, phoca bowels, caribou hair, seal sinew, paint, wool thread
Dimensions:
length 91 cm, width 12.5 cm, height including the figure 20 cm, height of the hull 7.5 cm, height of the nose 12 cm
Commentation:
Two characteristic details support the attribution of this model kayak to the Chugach. The first is that the figure of a hunter is wearing a woven hat with three cylinders on the top. Hats of this type were found more often among the Chugach than among the Kodiak Alutiiq people. All three hats in the MAE collection with cylinders on top belong to the Chugach. Secondly, the figure of a hunter in this model kayak is shooting with a bow and arrow. Only the Chugach used bows and arrows to hunt otters and seals, while the Kodiak Alutiit used light harpoons launched with the aid of throwing boards.
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