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More new stuff at the National Museum of the American Indian

The second highlight of our recent revisit to the National Museum of the American Indian began as we entered the grounds. I looked up and saw a series fo decorated canoe paddles in an upper-story window. “Must get to that spot” I thought.

Without much trouble we found them in a resource area. Through [...]

Very cool – a new finding at the National Museum of the American Indian

OK, call me thick if you will, but I had never noticed a cool feature of the National Museum of the American Indian here in Washington, DC. As I have mentioned before in a few posts, there as a small, but spectacular, collection of four native craft displayed in the main foyer of the museum: [...]

Skin-on-frame boat treat – Inuit kayak and Ojibwe birch bark canoe

I was able to get in a quick peek at the National Museum of the American Indian, which keeps a few traditional boats in its rotunda. I have written about the semi-traditional Inuit kayak before, but I didn’t have a shot of the completed boat. Here she is.

The boat is pretty and definitely [...]

Hawaiian outrigger canoe – another treasure at NMAI

The other treasure to be found at The National Museum of the American Indian is a Hawaiian outrigger canoe.

I love this boat – the native Koa wood is so rich – you can see why there was such a ritual around the treatment of these trees.

The boat is built by native Hawaiians, [...]

Andean reed boats – ingenious AND lovely

We recently went over to The National Museum of the American Indian again (nice having the place so close) and in the big, main foyer, where recreations of native watercraft are on display, I found this boat, a miniature version of a reed boat used by the people who lived around Lake Titicaca in Bolivia [...]

Inuit skin-on-frame kayak building at ASF

Among the cooler things Alexandria Seaport Foundation did recently was to host two boatbuilders from Nunavut in Canada.

They led the building of two skin-on-frame kayaks. The results were incredible. The were fairly authentic in construction, though they used nylon for lashing and skin and the wood wasn’t exactly hewn driftwood. They were amazing, though [...]