The kayak was the traditional craft that we used to travel and hunt marine mammals and sea birds. We used it on the open water of summer and to travel through the moving ice in winter and spring.

The frame is constructed from small pieces of carefully selected driftwood or sometimes whalebone and covered with the scraped skin of seal. In earlier times, they were made waterproof by rubbing blubber or animal fat into the skin. Seams were made waterproof by sewing them with a special stitch.

Since it was completely covered, a skilled hunter was able to travel in wind and waves. Kayaks could be carried and launched from the edge of the sea ice and maneuvered through moving ice. They had special equipment that was used by the hunter and in earlier times the hunter would wear a waterproof shirt sewn from the intestines of the seal.
Inuit Tapirisat of Canada

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