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This recommended reading list is only a small fraction of the resources available. Many thanks to Thomas Milani for editing this list. We also recommend that you visit the bibliography on Harvey Golden's Traditional Kayaking Website.

Adney, E. T., and Howard Chapelle. The Bark Canoes and Skinboats of North America. Washington, D.C.: 1964.

Brand, John. The Little Kayak Book, vols. I–III. Colchester, U.K.: John Brand, 1984, 1987, 1988.

Bray, Maynard. Mystic Seaport Museum Watercraft. Mystic, Conn.: Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc., 1986.

Brinck, Wolfgang. The Aleutian Kayak: Origins, Construction, and Use of the Traditional Seagoing Baidarka. Camden, Maine: Ragged Mountain Press, 1995.

Cunningham, Christopher. Building the Greenland Kayak: A Manual for Its Construction and Use. Camden, Maine: Ragged Mountain Press, 2003.

Cunningham, Richard. California Indian Watercraft. San Luis Obisbo, Calif.: EZ Nature Books, 1989.

Dyson, George. Baidarka: The Kayak. Alaska Northwest Books, 1990.

Golden, Harvey. Kayaks of Greenland: The History and Development of the Greenlandic Hunting Kayak, 1600–2000. Portland, Oregon: White House Grocery Press, 2006.

Heath, John D., and E. Arima, Eastern Arctic Kayaks: History, Design, Technique. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2004.

McPhee, John. The Survival of the Bark Canoe. New York: Warner Books, 1975.

Morris, Robert. Building Skin-on-Frame Boats. Hartley & Marks, 2001.

Nystrom, Brian. Greenland Paddles Step-by-Step. Self-published, 2005, 2006.

Peterson, H. C. Instruction in Kayak Building. Nuuk: The Greenland National Museum and Archives and Atuakkiorfik/Greenland Publishers, 2001.

Peterson, H.C. Skinboats of Greenland: Ships and Boats of the North, vol. 1. Roskilde: The National Museum of Denmark, The Museum of Greenland and The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, 1986.

Starr, Mark. Building a Greenland Kayak. Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea, 2002.

Steinbright, Jan. Qajaqs & Canoes: Native Ways of Knowing. Alaska Native Heritage Center, 2001.

Zimmerly, David W. Hooper Bay Kayak Construction. Mercury Series, Canadian Ethnology Service, Paper 53. Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2000.

Qajaq: Kayaks of Siberia and Alaska. Juneau: Division of State Museums, 1986.


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