This Week: From Kodiak, Alaska, Alutiiq Visitors Bring Native Lifeways to Cambridge
|Historic three-hole kayak model now on view in the galleries.
One of the highlights of the ongoing kayak conservation project in the galleries takes place this week. On Tuesday, March 6 through Thursday, March 8, the Peabody Museum will host three Alutiiq consultants for the project to conserve Alaska's Native heritage in the galleries.
On Tuesday between 3:00 and 5:00 PM, watch how a Native kayak model is constructed with Alfred Naumoff, a traditionally trained Kodiak Alutiiq kayak maker, and Sven Haakanson, Director of the Alutiiq Museum.
Susie Malutin, a skin sewer, will join them. All three are key collaborators in the project to conserve over 100 Native Alaskan objects, working closely with Peabody museum staff. The team has been consulting on materials and methods by Skype and email for months.
"We are all looking forward to meeting them and working together at the Museum," says Peabody Museum head conservator T. Rose Holdcraft. "We want to understand more about Alaska native kayak technologies. There are so many factors to consider: the sea mammal skin preparations, carving wood kayak elements, and sinew sewing techniques."
Even after the Alutiiq consultants return to Kodiak, conservators will continue to work in the gallery and be available to answer questions on Mondays from 9 to 5 PM, and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 to 5 PM.
But don't miss the opportunity to talk with the Alutiiq team. "I'm eager for the public and the Harvard community to interact with our visitors," said Dr. Patricia Capone, Associate Curator. "The gallery/workspace was constructed just for this kind of experience."
This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Save America’s Treasures is a federal grant program made in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, IMLS, and Save America’s Treasures’ private partner, the National Trust for Historic Preservation.