A group of Inuits in an umiak
in the 1920s.
From Western Canadian Inuktitut ᐅᒥᐊᖅ (umiaq, “women's boat”).
umiak (plural umiaks or umiat)
- (nautical) A large, open boat made of skins stretched over a wooden frame that is propelled by paddles; used by the Eskimos for transportation.
- 2002, Louis-Jacques Dorais, 'Inuit', Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, ed. Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto, page 135:
- In many regions, people went inland at the end of August (often travelling upriver in large sealskin boats called umiat) to hunt caribou till September or October.