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Profits from the sale of these items help fund Qajaq USA in our efforts to support the Qaannat Kattuffiat and promote Greenland-style kayaking. These funds help us to build regional fleets of replica kayaks to use at events, provide tuiliks, paddles and other gear for events, allow us to bring you our online Forums and website, publish our Journals (including translating new documents that have never been published in English) and more. Please view our full mission statement.

In addition to offering Qajaq USA membership items and apparel, our goal is to bring you publications and items that are hard-to-find, to save you the time and trouble of international bank transfers and waiting for shipment from Greenland or elsewhere. All of our items, unless otherwise noted, are in stock and shipped from the USA (thanks to Sue Byerly and the Qajaq USA Merchandise team). All payments are handled securely by PayPal for your safety and convenience.

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Skinboats of Greenland by H.C. Petersen

Skinboats of Greenland

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H.C. Petersen; The Museum of Greenland and the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde; English text. 215 pages.

H.C. Petersen was born in 1925 in Maniitsoq/Sukkertoppen on the west coast of Greenland. During his tenure as principal of Knud Rasmussen High School in Sisimiut from 1962 to 1975 he worked hard to ensure that the traditions linked to the construction of kayaks should not be forgotten. Much of what he learned about the Greenland kayak was learned from older, experienced Greenland kayak-builders.

This large and beautiful book is an excellent reference for Greenland kayaking enthusiasts. Although the kayak building information is limited, this volume contains a wealth of information on the Greenland kayak and its implements. Includes chapters on Construction of the kayak, The shape of the kayak and its development, Kayak gear and fittings, Structure of the umiak, Umiak gear, Types of umiaks, and The umiak in use. Includes an extensive glossary of kayak related terms.

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Kayaks of Greenland by Harvey Golden

Kayaks of Greenland

1st edition; Harvey Golden, White House Grocery Press 2006; 580+ pages, 400+figs. and photos, 106 scale drawings of kayaks, 79 scale drawings of paddles
8.5 x 11 x 1-1/2" paperback

The product of eight years of research, KOG contains information on 106 kayaks and 79 paddles, virtually all surveyed by the author. The result is a new typology that divides the Greenland kayaks into 13 distinct types. Golden also provides speculation on why Greenland kayaks developed as they did. Appendixes provide tables of ratios and proportions of the surveyed kayaks, conceptual interpretations of two medieval Greenland kayaks, a discussion of whether Greenlanders could have kayaked to Europe, and a primer on taking offsets. A glossary and bibliography round things out.

Printed on quality paper and beautifully designed, Kayaks of Greenland is a singular achievement that will benefit students of the Greenland kayak for years to come. Builders will find a wealth of kayaks to be built. For scholars, the typology will lead to more accurate identification of kayak specimens. And for anyone with an interest in Greenlandic culture, Kayaks of Greenland reveals the ingenuity, adaptability, and creativity of the people who have made the kayak so central to their lives.

Eastern Arctic Kayaks by John Heath & Eugene Arima

Eastern Arctic Kayaks

University of Alaska Press; published 2004.
ISBN 1 889963 25 9

Written by John D. Heath and Eugene Arima, Eastern Arctic Kayaks: History, Design, and Techniques “is a comparative study of kayaks that focuses on historical development, design and construction, and techniques” (ix). Part I of the book, by John Heath, is an overview of the Greenland kayak, giving a historical perspective. Chapters by Greg Stamer and Harvey Golden cover paddling techniques and kayaks in European Museums, respectively. The remainder of Part I, with individual chapters written by Hugh Collings, John Brand, H. C. Petersen, and Johannes Rosing, offers examples of historical kayaks, descriptions of kayak sports and exercise, and a narrative of a trip taken at the end of the 19th century. Part II, by Eugene Arima, focuses on kayaks of Eastern Arctic Canada, describing their use, variations, and construction. A section with speculations about the design ancestry of these kayaks includes photographs by Vernon Doucette of prehistoric and other models of kayaks. Well-researched, with many fine photos and line drawings, Eastern Arctic Kayaks belongs in the collection of anyone with an interest in skin-on-frame watercraft and the cultures that developed them.

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Qajaq USA Journal 1

Qajaq Journal

Published July 2003.
Inaugural issue.
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Letter from the Editor   Vernon Doucette
The Walrus-pull   Greg Stamer and Pavia Lumholt
A historical reprint of On incorrect models and faked antiquities   Morten P. Porsild
Kayak Hunting in the East Canadian Arctic as told by Uyarasuk and Piugaattuk, edited by Eugene Arima
'Grail One' and 'Grail Too' (an evaluation of two ivory skin boat models from Saint Lawrence Island, Alaska)   Eugene Arima
An Annotated Bibliography of Gino Watkins, the British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31 and the Pan-American Airways East Greenland Expedition 1932-33 edited by Vernon Doucette.
Centerfold is a pre 1866 West Greenland Kayak by Harvey Golden.

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Qajaq USA Journal 2

Qajaq Journal

Published November 2004.
A tribute to John Heath and his work.
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Letter from the Editor  Vernon Doucette
The Kayak of the Eskimo  John D. Heath
The World's (One-time) Best Eskimo Kayakers of King Island John D. Heath
The Central Yupik Kayaks  John D. Heath
Kayak Sports and Exercises  H.C. Petersen
On the Peril which befell Amaeses's Son Joel About the Time He Began Fishing with Bladders  Ungaralak
Grail II Revisited  Eugene Arima.
Centerfold is a 1904 Point Hope Alaska kayak survey by Heath and Kappler.

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Qajaq USA Journal 3

Qajaq Journal

Published January 2006.
Volume three is a special double-issue that contains the first English translation of Kajakmänner (Kayak-Men), originally published in 1896. This is a compilation of first person accounts of life in Greenland in the middle of the nineteenth century.
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These stories allow native authors to speak to us directly, relating tales of kayaking, traveling, and hunting, and helping us to learn a little about their lives of 150 years ago.

Letter from the Editor  Vernon Doucette
A Fishing Trip  Kristoffer Nielsen
Hunting Adventures  Aparavigssuak
A Hazardous Mail Journey Over the Ice  Casper Nielsen
My Journey as Pilot with the Americans  David Danielsen
On Circumstances which Exposed me to Danger  Karl Olrik
News from Kagssimiut  Peter Motzfeldt
Adventures and Observations on Things I Have Experienced  Petrus Lynge
On the Sinking of our Umiaq  Ignatius
What Happened One Time to the Seal Hunters at Kangamiut   Jens Kreuzmann
A Dream   a Holsteinborger
Hard Work Pays Off  Anonymous
On the Kivitut Question  Hans Rasmussen
A Bear Story   J.H
From Winters and Summers Past   Morten Egede
Gidion Kayaitsch Tells of Katharine  Robert
The Bear in the Window Opening  Robert
Centerfold is an 1878 West Greenland Kayak survey by Harvey Golden (2003).

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Qajaq USA Journal 4

Qajaq Journal

Published 2009.
Volume four is a translation of Pawlata's "Tip Tip Hurray" from the original German text.
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Letter from the Editor   Vernon Doucette
Introduction to the Translation   Vernon Doucette
Tip Tip Hurray! [Rolling] in the Eskimo-style Kayak   Edi Hans Pawlata
Three Years Doing the Eskimo Roll ...How About You?   Franz Schulhof
Centerfold is the AIJUK faltboot (Greenland type) .

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Limited-Edition Charcoal Hat

Qajaq USA Limited-Edition Charcoal Hat

This quality cotton hat beckons "Welcome to the Darkside"! It's for all you traditional kayakers who want a hat to match their tuilik/rolling qajaq or for those who simply like a hat that doesn't show dirt! The current batch is a very subtle dark grey/blue with more depth than solid black. High quality and embroidered with "Qajaq USA" and Greenland paddle design. One size fits all.

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New Qajaq USA SOF Microfiber Long Sleeve Shirt

Qajaq USA T-Shirt

You asked for a quick-dry Qajaq USA shirt that you can wear on the water, and here it is!
Sport-Tek™ 100% Microfiber Polyester (fast dry), long-sleeve, crew neck. Features artwork by internationally recognized sculptor (and Qajaq USA founding board member) Richard Nonas. Color; Bright Green or Gray.
Please select your size and color below.

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Qajaq USA Logo Patch

Qajaq USA Logo Patch

Full color embroidered patch of the Qajaq USA Logo. Three inches in diameter. Just the ticket for dressing up your hat or tuilik!

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Qajaq USA Logo Sticker

Qajaq USA Logo Sticker

Full color vinyl sticker of the Qajaq USA Logo. Stays put and stays bright even when placed outdoors. Great for your qajaq or your car bumper!

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Tuilik Pattern

Tuilik Pattern by Shawn Baker

Drawn by Shawn Baker for "do-it-yourselfers". This is a tuilik pattern based on diagrams by H.C. Petersen and Wolfgang Brinck. This pattern will enable you to make a great fitting garment using neoprene or other stretchy fabrics. Includes cutting lines and instructions to fit a wide range of adult sizes. The final product offers a fit similar to a commercial neoprene tuilik, but has a more traditional appearance, hood and seam details.

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Grippy Neoprene Strip

Grippy (one-side) Neoprene Strip

Grippy (one-side) Neoprene Strip, 3" x 85" x 3mm (7.62cm x 215.9cm x 3mm). This material is perfect for DIY projects, for making the bottom casing on a tuilik or a tuitsoq. We buy this in large (expensive) sheets and pre-cut it for your convenience.

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