bullboat

bull·boat

 (bo͝ol′bōt′)
n.
A shallow, saucer-shaped skin boat used especially by Plains Indians for crossing rivers.
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the Bullboat of the native North Americans; Curragh or Currach of Ireland and Scotland; Gufa of Iraq; Ku-Dru and Kowas of Tibet; Parisal of India; Thung-Chai of Vietnam".
Wilson was struck by the precision of her memory about the details of laying out a lodge, making a bullboat of hide and poles, diapering the infant Goodbird with cattail down and endless other skills.
Light and easily transportable, bullboats were constructed with a bowl-shaped framework of peeled willow branches, covered in a bull buffalo hide with the fur left on.