Kayaker 954

Artist: Noah Jaw
Region: Cape Dorset
Material: Serpentine

Height: 4.5“

Width: 17“

Depth: 6“

The Inuit invented the kayak, a one-person boat used for hunting and transportation and propelled by a two-bladed paddle. The Inuit and Aleut tribes used driftwood or whalebones to make a light frame and covered it with stretched hides, sealed with whale fat.

The Inuit hunted seals, whales and other marine mammals, especially in winter. In summer, they moved inland to fish and hunt. They followed large herds of caribou, killing large numbers for food and using their hides for clothing.

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