umiak

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English[edit]

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

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Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Greenlandic umiaq.

Noun[edit]

umiak

  1. umiak
    • 2007, Grønland
      De var vel for tunge og for farlige at fragte i ubearbejdet stand så langt i umiakken.
    • 2015, Kirsten Hastrup, Thule på tidens rand, Lindhardt og Ringhof ISBN 9788711440551
      Både umiakker og kajakker var skindbetrukne.
    • 2013, Jørn Riel, Den lange rejse, Lindhardt og Ringhof ISBN 9788711343234
      I løbet af vinteren reparerede Sølvi og Narua den gamle konebåd, som Katauk havde lovet dem, og de fik megen hjælp af bopladsens ældre koner, der havde tilbragt hver sommer af deres liv med at sejle på langfart i disse store umiakker.

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