Eastern Arctic Kayaks
History, Design, Technique
Distributed for University of Alaska Press
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.
Note on Inuit Terms
Part I GREENLAND
Maps of Greenland
1. Kayaks of Greenland
John D. Heath
2. Using Greenland Paddles: An Overview
3. Kayaks in European Museums:A Recent Research Expedition
4. A Seventeenth-Century Kayak and the Swedish Kayak Tradition
5. Kayaks in England, Wales, and Denmark: Excerpts from The Little Kayak Book Series
6. Kayak Sports and Exercises
7. A Dramatic Kayak Trip, 1899-1990: Ataralaa's Narrative
PART II THE EAST CANADIAN ARCTIC
Maps of the East Canadian Arctic
8. Kayaks of the East Canadian Arctic
About the Authors