* This belongs
to the collection of David & Helga Zimmerly.
- North Alaska Kotzebue Sound Kayak
- Lowie Museum, University of California, Berkeley,
LM 2/6349 (see
Lines drawing in
- Photo by George H. Wilkins, Canadian Arctic Expedition
1913-1916 courtesy of Canadian Museum of Civilization.
- Length - 17' 2.9"
- Beam - 18.8"
- Depth to Sheer - 9.4"
- Weight - 26.9 lbs.
- Loaded kayak stable to 17 degrees.
- This highly maneuverable kayak was used for hunting beluga whales in
dozen or more kayakers drove the whales into the shallows and dispatched
them with flint spears. Capsize was common in this unstable kayak during the
The kayak was also used for seal hunting along the floe edge. A similar
covered with caribou skin was used along the Noatuk River to hunt
reedy lagoons and to spear caribou crossing rivers and lakes.
06 Jul 2014
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