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Canoe (model)

yaakw kayáa “canoe model”
Language: Lingít

Also called:
yaakw “canoe”
Language: Lingít

They cover it when they store it for a long period of time, because it could dry out and crack.

—Peter Jack, 2005

Clan leaders took pride in their large red cedar canoes, which lined the beaches at the old coastal villages, each drawn up in front of the clan house to which it belonged. The boats were kept covered with wet cloths to prevent the wood from splitting. Crews of men paddled them at sea or raised sails when the wind was favorable, traveling long distances for trade, warfare, or ceremonies. Owners painted their canoes with clan crests and gave them names; one was Hootz York (Brown Bear Canoe), which belonged to Chief Sheiyksh at Stikine.

Culture: Tlingit
Region: Southeast Alaska
Object Category: Boats
Dimensions: Length 60cm
Accession Date: 1876
Source: John B. White (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E021594