Eastern Arctic Kayaks

History, Design, Technique

John Heath

Eastern Arctic Kayaks
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John Heath

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176 pages | black and white illustrations | 9-1/2 x 9 | © 2004
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781889963266 Published March 2004
Eastern Arctic Kayaks is the product of years of kayak study by two of the world’s experts. Combining analyses of form and function with historical background and illustrations of kayaking techniques, this volume is a storehouse of information for recreational kayakers and scholarly readers alike.
Drawing from his vast practical experience and extensive study of museum specimens, John D. Heath offers a comprehensive overview of the evolution and construction of Greenland kayaks supplemented with an illustrated series of rolling and sculling techniques. E. Arima examines kayaks of the eastern Canadian Arctic, covering woodworking tools, construction techniques, and the treatment of skins for the kayak cover.
Core chapters on Greenland and eastern Canada are accompanied by essential articles by Greg Stamer on the use of the Greenland paddle and two studies of kayaks in European museums by Harvey Golden and Hugh Collings. A valuable excerpt from John Brand's Little Kayak Book series makes this British publication available to American readers for the first time.
Lavishly illustrated with drawings and historic photographs, Eastern Arctic Kayaks is a landmark study in the history of watercraft--an essential resource for recreational kayakers and maritime historians and for anyone interested in northern Native material culture.
Contents
                                 Map of the North American Arctic
                                 Introduction
                                 Acknowledgments
                                Note on Inuit Terms
 
                 Part I     GREENLAND
          
                               Maps of Greenland
 
   John D. Heath      1- Kayaks of Greenland
      Greg Stamer      2 - Using Greenland Paddles: An Overview
  Harvey Golden      3 - Kayaks in European Museums:
                               A Recent Research Expedition
   Hugh Collings       4 - A Seventeenth-Century Kayak and the
                               Swedish Kayak Tradition
      John Brand        5 - Kayaks in England, Wales, and Denmark:
                                Excerpts from The Little Kayak Book Series
   H.C. Peterson       6 - Kayak Sports and Exercises
Johannes Rosing       7 - A Dramatic Kayak Trip, 1899-1990:
                                Ataralaa's Narrative
 
            PART II      THE EAST CANADIAN ARCTIC
                                
                                Maps of the East Canadian Arctic
 
            E. Arima      8 - Kayaks of the East Canadian Arctic  
 
                                Glossary
                                Index
                               About the Authors
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