Our Way of Living
"The hunters would ask the whales to bring them some seals or sea lions" (Herman Moonin, Cook Inlet Elder, 1980). Gunnel boards were lashed to the bow of a kayak to help hold a hunter's weapons securely on deck. The painted images on this board depict sea otters, which the hunters hoped to catch, and killer whales, which could help in the hunt. The carved head of a cormorant, a seabird that dives for fish, is carved at one end.