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komatik

(ˈkəʊmætɪk)
n
(Anthropology & Ethnology) a sledge having wooden runners and crossbars bound with rawhide, used by the Inuit and other related peoples
[C20: from Inuktitut (Labrador)]
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Key words: Neoeskimo, Thule, sleds, komatiks, radiocarbon dates, Victoria Island
Mots cles : neo-esquimau, Thule, traineaux, komatiks, dates au carbone 14, ile Victoria Revise par la revue Arctic par Nicole Giguere.
In this paper we present the results of our investigations in 1998-2001 of prehistoric komatiks located during extensive surveys on Wollaston Peninsula, southwest Victoria Island, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Great, great piece of kit those komatiks, awesome piece of kit.
When wood couldn't be found, the Inuit made komatiks from the bones and antlers of Arctic animals.
Inuits ran several teams using traditional wooden sleds called komatiks.
However, the system produces limited amounts of drinking water and is located a kilometre and a half away from the village and therefore not easily accessed by people who don't have komatiks or all-terrain vehicles.
In winter, they travel by snowmobile and komatik (Inuit sled) to fetch buckets of water, thus incurring significant costs.
Prehistoric Neoeskimo Komatiks, Victoria Island, Arctic Canada.
Komatiks are shaped like a ladder, with two parallel boards used as runners underneath.
The entire patrol of 24, approximately half active Canadian soldiers and the other half Inuit Rangers, joined forces at Resolute, where they constructed their komatiks (sledges) and packed each with 907 kg, the necessary supplies for the entire trip.
With little practice, Whelan was immediately faced with understanding a snowmobiler's techniques for hauling a loaded komatik with no brakes and navigating through rough terrain.