Rare Model Umiak, Early 20th Century Yup'ik Culture wood frame, seal hide cover, sinew lashing, sinew cord for sail, and carved ivory fastening hooks and rigging blocks. Wood paddles and oars
Umiak: 25" tall x 42" long x 11" wide Two Oars: 12" long Seven Paddles: 6.5" long Harpoon: 15" long
An umiak is a type of open skin boat, used by both the Yup'ik people of Alaska and the Inuit of the Eastern Canadian arctic, and was originally found in all coastal areas from Siberia to Greenland. First arising in Thule times, it has traditionally been used in summer to move people and possessions to seasonal hunting grounds, and for hunting seals and whales. Although the umiak was usually propelled by oars (women) or paddles (men), sails were sometimes made from seal intestines.