Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Why Aleuts don't build kayaks any more
Aleuts build kayaks up to about WWII and maybe a little after. Today, the practice of building kayaks in the Aleutians has stopped. There are many reasons why the building has stopped, but the primary one no doubt is economics - the kayak has become economically irrelevant in the lives of the Aleuts. Other kinds of boats have replaced the kayak. This becomes apparent when one spends any amount of time in an Aleut village like Sand Point. The major activity nowadays is fishing and to make money at fishing in today's world one needs a commercial fishing boat, not a kayak. See evidence below.