Inuvialuit Kayak

The Inuvialuit kayak is indigenous to the Mackenzie River Delta area of the Northwest Territories. My first was built as part of an arts initiative through Simon Fraser University. Another is on permanent display in the international arrivals area of Vancouver International Airport, along with a lapstrake canoe Mark built.

In 2010, Mark travelled to Inuvik, NWT, to build an Inuvialuit kayak at the Great Northern Arts Festival. The following year, Mark was asked to return and create a youth kayak-building project in collaboration with local kayak builder Kevin Floyd, and facilitate the building of a community kayak during the arts festival. Over the course of a week, they built five kayaks, an accomplishment that was celebrated at the closing ceremonies.

The Inuvialuit kayak is a fairly refined form and differs in many details from other Arctic kayak styles. It tends to be shorter, rounder-bottomed and lightly constructed. They were arguably built in greater numbers than the rest due to the relatively larger population of the Inuvialuit people.

Approximate Specs:  Length: 14’-16’, Beam: 20”

Countries we are travelling to

FRANCE - April 2024

CKmer Symposium - Sold Out, Registration Closed

GERMANY - April 2024

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ITALY - May 2024

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UNITED KINGDOM - May 2024

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CANADA - July 2024

2024 Ukee Greenland Weekend symposium. Registration now open.

DENMARK - August 2024

Lejre Havkajak Symposium/ Lejre Seakayak Symposium

SWEDEN - August 2024

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JAPAN - October 2024

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