Traditional Kayaks | Baker Lake Kayak
The following series of photos were
taken by Eugene Arima in the 1960's during
his studies of the people, culture, and kayaks from the Baker
Lake area. The work resulted in
"A Contextual Study of the Caribou Eskimo Kayak",
published by the National
Museum of Canada in 1975. The photos chronicle the preparation
and the construction of a Caribou Kayak by people from the Baker
community. The work relied to a large extent on the experience
of older members of the community. As one can see, it was a
project that brought
many people together resurrecting a vanishing part of their
No tape measure is used but our builder can locate the cockpit
This piece of wood will probably be cut up and provide a large
portion of the
Building the gunnels and the bow piece.
The ribs were probably boiled and then bent
No batteries are needed for this portable drill.
A little planning session and a smoke beside the nearly finished
Details of the finished bow showing how material was pieced
Planning and piecing together the hide covering.
The woman traditionally sewed the covering on the frames.
The whole community pitches in to complete the kayak.
The finished kayak.
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