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Skin covered kayak with a single angled cockpit; relatively flat on top and keel; rounded bow tapers to a point and raises slightly from bottom; stern also tapers to a point and is raised from bottom. Series of evenly spaced (where visible) ribs attach to gunwales; ribs are flat on bottom and curve sharply at sides. Three longitudinal keel supports and additional supports around and extending from cockpit. Numerous skins are sewn together, covering kayak; the skin is sewn to a bent wood rim at cockpit. In front of cockpit is a bone support attached to top, side of kayak by a leather thong which passes through two holes on base of the support and through two holes on either side of kayak. There is a rope attached to the back of the cockpit on both sides. The skin covering is pieced by stitching in numerous places.

History Of Use

Kayaks from the copper area are used more for hunting in inland lakes and streams, than they are used for transportation. In general, they are larger and lighter than most sea going kayaks. A double bladed paddle is used with them.

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Specific Techniques

After the frame of a traditional kayak is constructed, using an adze, crooked knife, drill, lashings and wooden pegs, then several wet seal skins are sewn with a waterproof stitch to cover the kayak. Several women sew quickly before the skins dry and shrink to form a taut covering.


According to the old Museum ledger, Ian M. Mackinnon presented Frank Burnett with this collection of Inuit objects. They were collected during his three years of residence in the Coppermine River area, probably 1921-24.

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