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Eastern Arctic Kayaks

History, Design, Technique

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.

176 pages | black and white illustrations | 9-1/2 x 9 | © 2004

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Table of Contents

Map of the North American Arctic
Note on Inuit Terms

Maps of Greenland

1. Kayaks of Greenland
John D. Heath     

2. Using Greenland Paddles: An Overview
Greg Stamer     

3. Kayaks in European Museums:A Recent Research Expedition
Harvey Golden     
 4. A Seventeenth-Century Kayak and the Swedish Kayak Tradition
Hugh Collings    
5. Kayaks in England, Wales, and Denmark: Excerpts from The Little Kayak Book Series       
John Brand       
6. Kayak Sports and Exercises
H.C. Peterson     
7. A Dramatic Kayak Trip, 1899-1990: Ataralaa's Narrative
Johannes Rosing      

Maps of the East Canadian Arctic

8. Kayaks of the East Canadian Arctic  
E. Arima     

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