Model canoe

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Registration number
40264
Item name
Model canoe 
Category
Model/Game
 
Indigenous name
kayak 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Americas > Canada > Nunavut > Kivalliq Region > Arviat
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Collector
 
Acquisition date
May 13, 1997 
Acquisition method
Donated by Miss Ann Mary Josephine Campbell 
Raw material
seal skin leather, fur and gut; wood paddle, soapstone face.
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Model kayak with a human figure carrying paddle. The kayak is 70cm between its slightly upturned ends. It is 7cm wide and stands up to 5cm hjgh. Ribs are visible under the seal skin cover, which has been sewn at the top in a seam which runs the length of the kayak. In the centre of the kayak there is an aperture for the human figure. This figure has a simply carved soapstone face and seal fur to simulate the upper torso. The figure holds a paddle which is wider at both ends, although hands are not obvious.

Research notes

Purchased from shop called 'Snow Goose' in Ottowa. Has tag, now detached from string, entitled 'Eskimo', and states 'This tag is your guarantee that this articles has been made by a Canadian Eskimo.' Also states name is 'kayak' and locality is 'Eskimo Point'. Used by the donor, Miss Campbell, in school classes when it was demonstrated floating (no longer water tight).

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