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Irene Avaalaaqjaq 1976 *

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There is a thumbnail and an enlargement of each photograph.  Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.  The Kayak Types in the table will take you to each type.  The types included so far include: 
     Chukchi - Inland - MEP 2083 61a

     Chukchi - Maritime - EMS 1880.4.1 
     Aleut 2-Hole - USNM 160336 (reproduction) 
     Kodiak 1-Hole - PMHU 1619
     Pacific Eskimo - MAI 8/2716
[28 March 2001]
     East Arctic - CMC 77/22/1
     East Arctic - Ontario Science Center
[25 February 2001]
East Arctic - Peabody Museum, Harvard University [19 March 2001]

Zimmerly, David W.  1984 Arctic Paddle Design.  
Aleut 1-Hole Paddle FNM #288
     Lew Plummer reproduction   [4 March 2001]
Kodiak 1-Hole single paddles
King Island single paddles
Mackenzie Delta  double paddle

There are four pages of the PDF files.  

Robert-Lamblin, Joelle,  1980

  • THE ALEUT KAYAK - As Seen By Its Builder and User - and The Sea Otter Hunt.  (Original: Le kayak aleoute vu par son constructeur et utilisateur  et la chasse a la loutre de mer.  Tome 20, Fascicule 1, Objets et Mondes.  Dieppe: Musee de l'homme, Mus. Nat. d'Histoire Naturell). Unpublished English translation (20 typescript pages), Library, Canadian Museum of Civilization,

Solid ethnographic data on Aleut kayak use based on recent interviews in the Aleutian Islands.

 [PDF: full-text, map, no photos or drawings – 5(175kb), 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. 14, 15, 16, 17(767kb), 18, 19, 20]   [29 October 2000]
This book documents the construction of a Bering Sea style-kayak made in the community of Hooper Bay, Alaska in October and November 1976 under the direction of Dick Bunyan. Written as journal entries, the text details construction from the initial splitting of the wood to the final fitting of the cockpit lashings. Each step is illustrated with black-and-white photographs and line drawings. The author has also included detailed measurements of the kayak, a glossary of Yupik terms, and descriptions and drawings of kayak accessories. 2000.  107 pages, 84 figures, 89 photographs, 1 map, 3 appendices.  Second addition.  ISBN 0-660-17511-8

This book is the second edition of Hooper Bay Kayak Construction, first printed in 1979.  It is signed by the author and available for $19.95 US, plus $4.00 US shipping and handling ($29.95 Cdn, plus $6.00 Cdn S&H). 
  [1 November 2000]
  • Site Map - Map of the whole site with hyperlinks.
  • Boas, Franz - 1907

THE ESKIMO OF BAFFIN LAND AND HUDSON BAY.  Bulletin 15.  New York:  American Museum of Natural History.  

           Cumberland Sound kayak, pp. 9-18; Netsilik and Caribou Eskimo
              kayaks, pp.

[PDF – Material Culture of Cumberland Sound p.9, p.11, p.12, p.13, p.14, p.15, p.16, p.17, p.18]
[West Coast of Hudson Bay p.76, p.77, p.78, p.79, p.80, p.81 ]
[Small Carvings and Implements p.423, p.424, p.425, p.426 ]
[September 2000]
  • Chapman, F. Spencer - 1932

NORTHERN LIGHTS: The   Official Account of the British  Arctic Air-Route Expedition.  London: Chatto and Windus.

                     Concerns Gino Watkins as expedition leader in the Angmagssalik area 
                           (East Greenland), Chapter XII, The Art of Kayaking, pp.
198-212. Good 
                           pictures of kayak rolling.

[PDF: Full text & Plates for 198-212
  • Hawkes, E.W. -  1916 PDF File
            THE LABRADOR ESKIMO.  Anthropological Series No.      
                  14.Memoir 91, Geological Survey, Department of Mines.  
                  Ottawa: Government Printing Bureau. 
            The kayak, pp. 71-79.    [PDFpp. 71-73]
  • PDF Database - Kayak Comparative Data
    over 275 kayaks.   Pages - 1-21. The same as for 
               Kayak Comparative Data, but with the addition of PDF
               files for viewing or printing.

    [3 September 2000]
  • Zimmerly PDF File - 1985

THE EAST HUDSON BAY KAYAK: A Variant from Povungnituk.  Sea Kayaker 2(2):7-9.

A kayak made for the Ontario Science Centre. A photo essay.  [PDF: full-text, photos & drawings – p. 7, p. 8, p. 9]   [27 August 2000]

  • Zimmerly PDF File - 1982

STABILITY AND TRIM CHARACTERISTICS OF NATIVE WATERCRAFT: A Computerized Simulation Study.  Paper presented at the 1982 CESCE Annual Meetings, 7-11 May, Vancouver, BC.  Pp. 31.  

A computer program to simulate kayak performance characteristics from measurements.
[PDF: full-text p. 1, p. 2, p.3, p. 4, p. 5, p. 8, p. 15, p.16 table of Comparative Kayak Data from Simulation Program  pp. 12-14]  [20 August 2000]

  • Zimmerly PDF File - 1983

FORM FOLLOWED FUNCTION -- And The Function Was Hunting.  In Skin, Sticks & Bone. By Rick Kemmer. Canoe 11(1):78.

Describes four solutions to the problem of designing a seaworthy sea-mammal-hunting  kayak-- from Greenland, Baffin Island, the Bering Sea & Strait and Siberia and the Aleutians. [PDF: full-text & photos p. 1 (78)]. [19 August 2000].

  • Zimmerly PDF File - 1984

 ARCTIC PADDLE DESIGN.  Winter.  Sea Kayaker 1(3):8-15. 

Paddles types and distribution, specialized paddles, Aleut paddles, Pacific Eskimo paddles, Bering Sea paddles, Bering Strait paddles, North Alaska paddles, Mackenzie Eskimo paddles, and paddle construction.
[PDF: full-text, photos & drawings p. 1 (8), p. 2 (9), p. 3 (10), p. 4 (11), p. 5 (12), p. 6 (13)p. 7 (14), p. 8 (15) 
[16 August 2000]

  • Zimmerly PDF File - 1984

THE HOOPER BAY KAYAK.  May/June.  WoodenBoat (58):74-79. 

Historical background of kayak use in Hooper Bay situated on the Bering Sea in Alaska  (Also describes the building of a kayak frame by Dick Bunyan).  Illustrated with lines drawings and photographs.
[PDF: full-text, photos & drawings p. 1 (74), p. 2 (75), p. 3 (76), p. 4 (77), p. 5 (78), p. 6 (79)] 
[15 August 2000]



  • List of Kayak Plans - I'm really excited about the free software for viewing and printing Adobe PDF files.
    Adobe® Acrobat® Reader™ is software that lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files on all major computer platforms.  I'm now using it on the Kayak Types page.  If you don't have it, get it now!  You can view the plans and buy just the ones you need.  [30 June 2000]


  • Museum Codes - A list of museums and their abbreviations has been added to the listing of kayak types in the database, e.g., AMNH = American Museum of Natural History.   [16 June 2000]

  • Bibliography - Dana Decker informed me of an amazing URL -  

    Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a full text online collection of more than 3,000 books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century. The collection is particularly strong in literature, women's history, native studies, travel and exploration, and the history of French Canada.

    I am just now adding the URL to selected items in my bibliography.  This resource allows researchers to look up the page references cited.  [16 June 2000 ]

  • New kayaks added to database -  Harvey Golden has sent 27 additions to the kayak database.  Included are a number of kayaks in Scotland, England and Holland and some others documented around Clyde River, Baffin Island. Look in the database now.  [16 June 2000 ]


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