University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Richard H. Jordan

An Eskimo Whaling Outfit From Sledge Island, Alaska

By: Susan A. Kaplan and Richard H. Jordan and Glenn W. Sheehan

In 1912 William B. Van Valin, an elemen¬≠tary school teacher stationed in Sinuk, Alaska, ushered his students aboard the schooner New Jersey. The class sailed to Sledge Island, or Ayak, a small uninhabited island off the south coast of Seward Peninsula (see map on p. 5), to have a picnic celebrating the end of the […]