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also oo·mi·ak  (o͞o′mē-ăk′)
A large open boat used by Yupik and Inuit people, made of skins stretched on a wooden frame, usually propelled by paddles.

[Inuit umiaq.]


(ˈuːmɪˌæk) or


(Nautical Terms) a large open boat made of stretched skins, used by Inuit. Compare kayak
[C18: from Greenland Inuktitut: boat for the use of women]


(ˈu miˌæk)

an open wooden boat covered with skins, used esp. by Eskimos to transport goods and passengers.
[1760–70; < Inuit umiaq women's boat]
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The first populations, likely traveling mainly by umiak (open skin boat), but perhaps at times by komatik (dog sled), would have had to travel either north or south of Victoria Island in order to reach the rich environments of the eastern Arctic, particularly around Lancaster Sound, Prince Regent Inlet, Foxe Basin, Smith Sound, and neighbouring areas.
UMIAK A Medieval visor B Open skin boat crewed by women C Garment fashioned from the skin of a seal who am I?
The Moravian encouragement to preserve Inuit subsistence and lifestyle, albeit in a Christianized way and with trading at Moravian stores, required continued mobility for hunting and fishing by kayak, umiak, and European-style shallops at sea and by dogsled during the winter.
The remains of an umiak discovered among a recent acquisition at the University of Alaska Museum of the North have been dated at 1,000 years old, the oldest skin boat assembly in the Circumpolar North.
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He joined a whaling crew, paddled his own umiak, drove dog sleds.
Both the kayak and the umiak were made of skin stretched over a frame carved from driftwood, bone or ivory.
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