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Harvaqtuurmiut Qayaq (Kayak), Baker Lake vicinity, West Hudson Bay, Canada

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Harvaqtuurmiut Qayaq (Kayak), Baker Lake vicinity, West Hudson Bay, Canada
Harvey Golden
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Wood and tissue model with caribou lance and paddle (18" long).  A full-size example would be 22'-28' long and 18"-21" wide.  (Sources: "A Contextual Study of the Caribou Eskimo Kayak" [Arima, 1975], and "Inuit Kayaks In Canada" [Arima, 1987]).

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Very nice models.

These kajaks always fascinated me and I have collected a lot of references on them over the years. I didn't make a big effort to obtain any, but I have none of the dozen or so of the papers etc. in my list.

What kind of paint would they have used on these boats ?

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Thank you. Yes, there's a lot of books on kayaks out there, though not always easy to find. Arima's writings are the best there is for Canadian Inuit kayaks.  He writes that red ochre and crushed "black stone" mixed with oil were the paints used on kayaks around West Hudson Bay.   Elsewhere, charcoal/soot and even octopus inks were used for black. 

All the best, Harvey

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