TITLE

UMIAK

PUB. DATE
January 2006
SOURCE
Alaska Almanac;2006, Issue 30, p216
SOURCE TYPE
Almanac
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
A definition of the term "umiak" is presented. It refers to a traditional skin-covered boat of Eskimos. Paddles are still used when stalking game and when ice might damage a propeller. Because umiaks must often be pulled long distances over pack ice, the boats are lightweight and easily repaired. Female walrus skins are the preferred covering because they are the proper thickness when split and because it takes only two skins to cover a boat. Sometimes female walrus skins are unavailable, so skins of the bearded seal or oogruk may be used.
ACCESSION #
23599127

 

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