Reconstructing Our Past:

Achievements of the Department of Anthropology

In Memory of William D. Hohenthal, Jr.

photo by Gingere L. Braito

The Kayak's Journey from Alaska to San Francisco State University

"The original...kayak dates from the 1880's; the framework was made from pieces of fir and pine driftwood... The original sealskin cover had rotted over the years and was replaced by painted canvas by persons unknown to me. I acquired it through a former student, whose name unfortunately I cannot recall, who was a Red Cross worker in Alaska. He wrote to ask if I would like to have 'an Eskimo kayak,' and thinking he meant a scale model, I agreed. To my consternation this full-scale monster was duly delivered to my apartment in Berkeley, together with delivery charges, and I had to store it in the apartment building's basement. I finally conned Treganza into accepting it for the 'museum', a janitor's room in HLL building. Lashing the craft to the top of his van, we crossed the Bay Bridge being stared at by everyone. The CHP already viewed us with suspicion as earlier Treganza had crossed the Bridge with an articulated human skeleton propped up in the passenger seat, and they were sure they had a murderer on their hands!"

-Excerpted from a letter by William D. Hohenthal, Jr. PhD to Director of the Treganza Museum, Yoshiko Yamamoto, PhD
February, 1996


photo by Gingere L. Braito

The exhibition will open March 20th. From March 22nd through March 24th the Museum will be open extended hours for the Founders' Day Celebration. On March 23rd at 2:00pm, Chuna McIntyre will talk about the Yup'ik Kayak. There is no admission fee, so everybody is welcome!

The Department has been fortunate to enlist the help of Chuna McIntyre, a Yup'ik craftsman, to work on the repair of the kayak for the exhibition this March.

Please contact Yoshiko Yamamoto PhD at for more information.

The Hohenthal Gallery is located in Room 388 on the 3rd floor of the Science building. See a campus map.

San Francisco State Centennial Celebration

This page was created by
Edith J. Kelly

Restoration assistance provided by Gingere L. Braito and Angela Huapaya.