Model kayak with doll
Norton Sound, Alaska
Tourists to Alaska at the turn of the 20th Century could purchase model kayaks like this from the Yup’ik people. While providing needed income through these sales, it also enabled the maintenance and transmission of the knowledge of the materials, technology, and engineering of the kayak within the Yup’ik community. Making kayaks (or qayaqs as the Yup’ik people would say) combines complex engineering and an artistic eye to make a key tool for everyday living for Arctic indigenous peoples.
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