Saturday, December 5, 2015Sunday, January 3, 2016

Art, craft and holiday fun at the Burke Museum

Witness the revival of a lost art as part of a special month-long program at the Burke Museum. From December 5-19, watch Burke Curator of Native American Anthropology Dr. Sven Haakanson, students and volunteers construct an Angyaaq—a traditional Native boat made by Alaska’s Sugpiat peoples and destroyed by Russian settlers in the 1800s.

The Angyaaq assembled during the Burke’s Maker:Market is serving as a prototype for another boat currently being constructed by Haakanson and community members from the village of Akhiok on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Talk to Haakanson and others about how they used model boats from Burke’s collection to create the first full-size Angyaaq traditionally built by a community on Kodiak since the 1850s.

Model Angyaaq with full-size Angyaaq being built in background

This model Angyaaq from the Burke collection is one of 13 known to exist in museum collections in the world. This model has played a key role in the revitalization of creating new full-sized boats. 
Photo: Burke Museum

model boats

Haakanson referenced a model Angyaaq from the Burke’s collection (pictured, top) to create new model-sized frames and to construct the first full-sized Angyaat built since these boats were destroyed nearly 200 years ago.
Photo: Burke Museum

Seahawks inspired shirt design

Maker:Market includes an expanded museum store with a limited-edition Seahawks-inspired shirt, Spirit of ‘76, made by Jeffrey Veregge (Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe). 

Illustration: Jeffrey Veregge

Tentative Angyaaq construction schedule*
  • Wednesday, December 16, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Thursday, December 17, 10 am - 3 pm (museum is closing early at 3 pm)
  • Friday, December 18, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Monday, December 21, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Tuesday, December 22, 10 am - 4 pm

*Additional construction might be taking place between now through December 22. If desired, please give us a call prior at 206.616.3962 to your visit to confirm that construction is underway. 

Visitors can see the finished Angyaaq in Maker:Market December 23, 2015 through January 3, 2016.

Special Hands-On & Holiday Activities

All month long, test your skill at boat-lashing techniques and make paddle and boat ornaments inspired by the angyaaq to take home. Find unique gifts in our expanded museum store and purchase items to brighten the holiday season for Seattle Children's Hospital patients—including a limited-edition Seahawks-inspired shirt designed by Native artist Jeffrey Veregge (Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe). All proceeds from shirts for patients will also be donated to Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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