Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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outrigger canoe miniature
  • American Samoa
  • outrigger canoe miniature, early 1900s–1939
  • Where object was made: American Samoa
  • wood, plant fiber, carving, braiding
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 84 x 9.5 x 22 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 33 1/16 x 3 3/4 x 8 5/8 in
  • Gift of John A. Landgrebe
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2968

The small wooden canoe is made of a medium brown wood. The front end has a notched edge along the top of the prow. The back end has the same detail, and another backward pointing extension. There is a solid, light natural colored outrigger, with three pointes of attachment. Each attachment is a small wooden bar across the top of the canoe, with a "V" shaped strut to the outrigger, and is tied in place with a braided cord of plant fiber. Two of the attachments have paddles laying over the top and the third paddle is broken. Finally, there are three longitudinal elements that connect the three attachments.