Executive Director of the Alutiiq
Museum Sven Haakanson, Susie Malutin and Alfred Naumoff are traveling to
Boston this week to visit an Alutiiq warrior kayak housed
at the Peabody Museum at Harvard. The trip is another
step in a decade-long process to restore the kayak and bring it back to
Haakanson says the purpose of this trip is to develop a plan for
to work with the team to identify best ways for restoration of the skin and
part of the broken kayak bow tip. So we'll be doing that all this coming
with the group is Alfred Naumoff who Haakanson says is one of the last
traditional kayak builders involved with the effort. Haakanson hopes that as
the project progresses more people will want to learn tradition kayak building
hope to get more folks to give me call to say, ‘Hey, I'm interested in this,'
or, ‘Keep me informed.' That way I can get a list of folks and once we get
closer to it we want to do a kayak building class as well as having the kayak
here. Kind of take it to the next level so we utilize this piece but to put
that traditional knowledge back into a living context where people can use it,
share it and keep it alive."
what may be a 150-year-old kayak takes a unique skill set. Haakanson says they
will be using proven techniques and creating some new ones.
Baranof Museum actually did a kayak restoration
project and they did a wonderful job restoring their three-man kayak. And so
we're using some of that knowledge but we're also going to be doing some other,
I guess, just other experimentations to see what works best so we don't damage
the kayak but we also restore it so it looks like it's in its original state."
is only part of process of getting the warrior kayak back to Kodiak. The museum
is planning a remodel to make space for the 16 foot artifact.
We wanna be able to build a space where we can have the kayak and our community
members and visitors can see it as well as interact with it but not do any
damage to it. So there's a whole other thing we have to do in preparing for it,
designing an exhibit case for it and raising the funds just to get to that
level and then raising the funds just to get it shipped all the way back from
everything is in place, the Peabody Museum will loan the kayak to the Alutiiq Museum
for 10 years.