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A group of Inuits in an umiak in the 1920s.

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From Western Canadian Inuktitut ᐅᒥᐊᖅ (umiaq, women's boat).


umiak (plural umiaks or umiat)

  1. (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.


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