JCB Archive of Early American Images
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Place image published:
[Imperial Academy of Sciences]
fold-out plate; vol. 1, following p. 128
Image dimension height:
16.2 cm. (platemark)
Image dimension width:
21 cm. (platemark)
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Native American large, open boat with two kinds of oars.
Krasheninnikov, Stepan Petrovich, 1713-1755
Opisanie zemli Kamchatki ... Tom pervyi.
Source place of publication:
V Sanktpeterburgie [St. Petersburg]
Pri Imperatorskoi Akademii Nauk
The baidar (a Russian term) is a large, skin-covered boat used by native Americans in present-day Alaska for sea travel, trade, and hunting sea otters. It can be 30 feet long and 6 feet wide and carry 15-20 people. Among native Americans it can be called an ooniak [perhaps also oomiak]. This books is about the Russian Second Kamtchatka exploration (1733-1743), conducted and organized by Vitus Bering. Krasheninnikov had joined Bering's expedition as an assistant to Georg Wilhelm Steller, and they explored Kamchatka together. Krasheninnikov did not join Steller on the subsequent sea voyage, however, and made use of Steller's notes in completing the book, citing them frequently, but he died before he explained how he happened to be part of the expedition.
Acquired in 2006.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
Artifacts, industry, and human activities
Eskimos--First contact with Europeans
Indians of North America--Boats
Boats and boating--Arctic regions