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Irene Avaalaaqjaq 1976 *

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Chukchi Kayak
Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, St. Petersberg, MEP 2083 61a   (see Lines drawing in PDF file)
Chukchi Kayak
  • Length - 16' 8.0"                          
  • Beam - 19.5"
  • Depth to Sheer - 9.3"                                                               
  • Weight - 26.5 lbs.
  • Loaded kayak stable 
    to 36 degrees
Build this kayak if you are in an experimental mode. This is one of only two known kayaks of this type in the world. Among its unusual characteristics are a reverse bottom (see side profile) and an extra strengthening gunwale. The original was built as an inland hunting kayak (one of the double-bladed paddle ends has a spear incorporated) so this kayak is likely to be fast and easily tipped.

Chukchi Specimen Photos

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