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Cultures of Conservation ‘Keyword’ Panel: Conserving an Alutiiq Kayak

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12 Nov 2015 18:30

By Catherine Stergar
On Tuesday, October 27, 2015, the Bard Graduate Center hosted the “Cultures of Conservation ‘Keyword’ Panel: Conserving an Alutiiq Kayak.” Four panelists spoke about several key issues regarding the preservation and conservation of an Alutiiq warrior or whaler kayak in the collection of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The mid-19th century kayak, which is believed to be the only surviving Alutiiq warrior/whaler kayak, came into the collection of the Peabody museum in 1869. In 2011, the Peabody museum received a grant from the Save America’s Treasures Program to conserve the kayak in addition to over one hundred other Alutiiq artifacts in the Peabody collection, all of which will be loaned to the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska, for a period of ten years.

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