Moose hide, glass beads, wool and cotton cloth, wood, pigment; L 32.2 cm
Susitna Station, 1916-17
The Dena’ina likely learned to make seal skin baidarka or biqidin (kayaks) from the Alutiit of lower Cook Inlet. Men made the birch frames and women covered them with seal skins. One- and two-holed baidarkas were used for hunting, while those with three holes carried a passenger in the center. These kayaks were used for travel and for hunting sea mammals on Cook Inlet and the lower portions of major rivers.
Collection: Anchorage Museum, 1997.048.003
Image: © Chris Arend/Anchorage Museum