Posted: July 10, 2017
Beginning in 2014, Sven reverse-engineered the model Angyaat in the Burke collection before building a full-size versionwith the help of University of Washington students and Burke Museum staff and volunteers. He simultaneously shared this experience and knowledge gained with community members on Kodiak Island where another Angyaaq was being built.
During the Burke’s Maker: Market in December 2015, Sven and his students covered the previously built frame in airplane fabric, waterproofed it, and stitched it together. By the end of 2015, Sven’s team had completed one full-size Angyaaq at the Burke Museum, and a frame of the boat completed on Kodiak Island.
The idea was to take that traditional knowledge that’s embodied in the original model and bring it back home, back to my tribe and back to the community so that we can then use it again and celebrate it.