Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center



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Inspired by the full-sized Nunatsiavut kayak given to the College in 1891 and on display in the museum gallery for over 50 years, this exhibit explores making and using traditional kayaks from Greenland, Labrador, and beyond. It features over 20 model kayaks and umiaks, as well as associated equipment, historic film and photographs, and the centerpiece of the exhibit, a full size replica of the 1891 Kajak created for this exhibit.

You can explore the full object-based exhibit, as well as various multimedia components, below. Recordings of lectures and other virtual events during the 2020-21 academic year will also be posted here, so be sure to check back.

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Parts of a Kayak by Noah Nochasak

Hunting and Fishing from Kayaks in Greenland

Demonstrating Kayak Skills

How Not to Roll a Kayak

Activities to Try at Home

Learn from the Experts

Above is a recording of the December 1, 2020 conversation between Arctic Museum Curator Genny LeMoine and kayak builders, Noah Nochasak and Fred Randall. They discuss their experience building the replica of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum's 1891 Nunatsiavut Kajak. Please enjoy this informative talk.

Above is a recording of the webinar presented on October 20, 2020, by internationally recognized kayak expert, Harvy Golden. Please enjoy his discussion of the history of the Inuit kayak and the amazing diversity of kayak styles developed by Inuit from Siberia to Greenland.