The kayaker’s highly decorated wooden visor-hat shields him from the sun and salt spray. Hats were decorated with ivory carvings, grass and feathers. It was also a high-value trade item.
The Aleut were known for their decorated wooden-peaked hats, used to protect their eyes from salt spray when kayaking. the hats could cause problems.
The culugcinret (pieces of floating ice) down on the ocean moved by the current are pointed like this hat. Often painted with white clay so that they might appear to their prey like floating ice. The seals saw him, they would think he was a piece of floating ice and ignore him and go back to sleep. They would also tie the hat to the top of the kayak sled as they approached the seal. The shape of the hat was perceived as floating ice and not as an animal. Yuungnaqpiallerput: the Way We Genuinely Live pg. 129
When a person wears this hat while paddling, water won't hit his face even though it splashes him.
Though white on the outside, bentwood hats were painted inside the brim with charcoal to reduce glare.
The bentwood hat was also an effective sound collector, working the same way as cupping your hands behind your ears---sounds from the direction the wearer was facing were focused, and sounds from the other directions were partly blocked out. Being on the water intensifies the effect, making it easier for a scattered group of paddlers to remain in voice contact and generally amplifying a hunter’s perception of sound. Yuungnaqpiallerput: the Way We Genuinely Live pg.131