Qajaq USA. Your Greenland Kayaking Resource.
Welcome to the Qajaq USA website! We are a small yet passionate non-profit organization staffed by volunteers. We depend on your membership contributions to fund this website and forums, publish the Qajaq Journal, translate historic manuscripts for publication, organize Greenland-style events, provide a growing fleet of replica SOF kayaks and gear to events, and more. Your support makes this happen!
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Qajaq USA Journal Volume 4 is now available at the Qajaq USA Online Store.
Volume four contains the first English translation of Tip Tip Hurray! [Rolling] in the Eskimo-style Kayak by Edi Hans Pawlata. In many ways Pawlata was the first European to devote himself to native kayaks, techniques, and gear. In that respect he was the "progenitor" of many Qajaq USA members today. This fascinating translation was possible due to membership funding.
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John Heath's and Eugene Arima's book, Eastern Arctic Kayaks, is now available at the Qajaq USA Online Store.
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.
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