Float. Kodiak Eskimos. USA , Alaska state, Kodiak. North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island. Prior to 1843.

Float
Collection MAE RAS: МАЭ № 620-6
Image ID: 4070548
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Museum inventory number:
МАЭ № 620-6
Title:
Float
Ethnicity:
Kodiak Eskimos
Place:
USA , Alaska state, Kodiak
Geography:
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island
Date:
prior to 1843
Collector:
Voznesenskii Ilya Gavrilovich, zoologist, entomologist, traveller
Expedition:
I.G. Voznesenskii's expedition (1840-1849)
Materials:
wood, sinew, sealskin
Dimensions:
length 62 cm, width 43 cm
Commentation:
During a storm hunters would tie several kayaks together to give them greater stability and attach floats to their sides. They did this in order not to damage the skin sheathing of the kayaks while they were being tossed about by the waves and could run into one another. If the skin covering was ripped they would place blown-up floats under the kayak or attach them to the sides of the boat.
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