Man Thought of His Kayak
Irene Avaalaaqjaq 1976 *

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David Zimmerly kayakingThe Canadian Museum of Civilization (formerly  National Museum of Man) has a rich collection of native craft.  Included are over 50 kayaks - beginning with those collected in the western arctic by the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-1917.

While working at the Museum of Man, traditional kayaks became my main focus of study. I traveled widely, visiting museums around the world with important kayak collections. I became adept at crawling around in cramped storage rooms taking lines off rare specimens.  Plans were drafted from these lines to allow reproduction of authentic Arctic kayaks.  

Kayak Plans 

Plans of the kayaks listed below (except for DWZ N/N) are available from the Canadian Museum of Civilization.   For a full description of highlighted items, click on the collection number below.

All plans include a set of full-size cross-sections. In addition there are plan views, table of offsets, construction details, etc. The reference number is the museum catalogue number of the kayak. Museum names and even city and country names have changed in some cases. Only the original names appear on the plans.

To get the free PDF Acrobat Reader for viewing the Lines, click here:                                 

The lines (PDF) files will take from 10 seconds up to several minutes long, depending on the number of figures for each kayak.  Most only have 1 figure each.  On the Adobe toolbar, "Show/Hide Navigation Pane", shows the contents of the figures.

                                     

 Kayak Type

Collection  Number

Specimen
Photos

Date    

 Length  Beam No. of Sheets Call No. Total Cost Cdn

Lines (PDF)

Chukchi - Inland MEP 2083 61a
Chukchi Inland Photos
    1880  16' 8.0"   19.5"      2    $20 MEP 2083 61a
IV-G-2M
Chukchi - Maritime EMS 1880.4.1255

Chukchi Maritime Photos

  c1904  15' 2.2"   24.8"      2    $20 EMS 1880.4.1255
IV-G-1M
Koryak MAE 956-49       1900    8' 5.8"   24.8"      2    $20 MAE 956-49
IV-G-3M
Koryak MEP 11413

Koryak
Photos

  c1910  10' 6.0"   28.0"      2    $20 MEP 11413
IV-G-4M
Aleut MAE 593-76       1845  19' 0.9"   17.1"      2    $20 MAE 593-76
IV-F-5M
Aleut MAE Ac       1845  18' 4.0"   17.0"      2    $20 MAE Ac
IV-F-2M
Aleut LM 2-14886       1934  16' 8.6"   20.4"      4    $40 LM 2-14886  (18 figures) 
IV-F-1M
Aleut Two-Hole USNM 160336
 Aleut 2 Photos
   20' 7.0"   22.0"      2    $20 USNM 160336
IV-F-4M
Kodiak DNM Ib 160
Kodiak Photos
    1851  14' 2.9"   25.9"      2    $20 DNM Ib 160
IV-E-25M
Kodiak Three-Hole MAE 536-24       1805  26' 5.7"   31.2"      3    $30 MAE 536-24 (2 figures)
IV-E-22M
Bering Sea - Hooper Bay NMM IV-E-1071       1976  15' 1.4"   30.1"      7    $70 NMM IV-E-1071 (7 figures)
IV-E--19M
Norton Sound LM 2/1674     c1895  17' 1.8"   28.3"      2    $20 LM 2/1674
IV-E-23M
King Island RTW 1

King Island Photos

c1928

14' 10.1"

25.3"

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 -

RTW 1
Bering Strait Two-Hole MAM BF-32     c1929  18' 10.0"   27.8"      2    $20 MAM BF-32
IV-E-26M
North Alaska - Kotzebue Sound LM 2/6349  

pre 1898

 17' 2.9"   18.8"      2    $20 LM 2/6349
IV-E-20M
North Alaska Retrieval UM N/N        9' 6.8"   23.2"      2    $20 UM N/N
IV-E-24M
North Alaska - Nunamiut UA 72-78       1972  19' 2.5"   23.5"      2    $20 UA 72-78
IV-E-21M
Mackenzie Delta NMM IV-D-2039     c1900  16' 5.0"   19.0"      2    $20 NMM IV-D-2039, 1-2 figures, 2-4 figures, 3-10 figures, 4-8 figures
IV-D-28M
Mackenzie Delta NMM IV-D-1058       1914  12' 9.0"   18.9"      2    $20 NMM IV-D-1058
IV-D-26M
Mackenzie Delta DNM P31:64a       1924  14' 6.6"   19.4"      2    $20 DNM P31:64a
IV-D-27M
Copper Inuit NMM IV-D-1057       1914  23' 3.2"   15.6"      2    $20 NMM IV-D-1057
IV-D-25M
East Arctic DWZ  N/N
East Arctic Photos
    2000  22' 0.0"   28.5"   Sea Kayaker Article

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