Qayat - Kayaks
From driftwood, animal skins, tendon and baleen, Alutiiq people created qayat - kayaks that were expertly designed for Kodiak’s notoriously windy waters. Our newest exhibit explores this technology. Historic and modern objects illustrate the gear essential to every paddler. The heart of the exhibit is an historic qayaq collected in Alaska in 1869. Loaned to us by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology the boat is a rare, complete example of the graceful, light, and flexible Alutiiq qayaq.
Exhibit produced with support from the Peabody Museum or Archaeology and Ethnology, the Institute for Museum and Library Service, Koniag, Inc., Matson, and Marian Owen Photography.