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Skin-on-frame boat treat – Inuit kayak and Ojibwe birch bark canoe

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.

Inuit skin-on-frame kayak

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.

Ojibwe birch bark canoe

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.

Ojibwe birch bark canoe - bow

Ojibwe birch bark canoe - bow

Ojibwe birch bark canoe - bow

The other boats there, by the way, are a Hawaiian outrigger canoe and Bolivian reed boat, both of which I have written about in the past.

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