Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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model of a fishing boat
  • American Samoa
  • model of a fishing boat, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: Pago Pago, American Samoa
  • coconut palm wood, plant fiber, bamboo, carving, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 16.5 x 40 x 124.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 6 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 49 in
  • Gift of Priscilla Hedges
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4893

The canoe has one outrigger. The outrigger is held in place with six beams across the canoe and two beams above the outrigger bound with plant fiber cord. The canoe itself is covered at either end. There is a vertical ridge and an irregular shape on one end and a ridge and chevron on the other end. It is made of medium brown wood.

A long, thin piece of bamboo with a wooden handle, wrapped with braided plant fiber, was found inside.