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LOOKING BOTH WAYS: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People of Southern Alaska

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IMAGE
Kayak Model: Paitálek / Three-hatch kayak.

LOCATION: Kodiak Island, 1874

REFERENCE: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH 16275)

DIMENSIONS: 51 cm long.

DESCRIPTION:
Hunters usually traveled in one-man or two-man kayaks. Three-place boats were invented during Russian times, originally to carry fur traders or other passengers. Weapons lie on the deck of this model, ready for use. The middle paddler wears a hunting helmet that is carved to resemble a seal's head. The others wear spruce root hunting hats.


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