I was able to get in a quick peek at the National Museum of the American Indian, which keeps a few traditional boats in its rotunda. I have written about the semi-traditional Inuit kayak before, but I didn’t have a shot of the completed boat. Here she is.
The boat is pretty and definitely fits within its tradition, but clearly comes off as a modern replica. Its skin is a bright white, very light-weight nylon. Many modern skin-on-frames use ballistic nylon that, when varnished, looks at least vaguely like a true skin. This one definitely does not.
For a boat that is closer to a true traditional version of itself, I present this beauty: an Ojibwe birch bark canoe. Check out the detailed shots in the extended entry. There is some really interesting detail on this boat.