Traditional Kayaks: Appreciating and Understanding Arctic Kayak Designs Through Research, Replication, and Use by Harvey Golden
Harvey has built an incredible number of replica kayaks. Harvey's site is a "must see" and contains many photos, replicas, adventures and travels, comprehensive resources, and more.
This extensive site includes a description of kayak types, kayak construction, a database of kayaks, an annotated bibliography of Arctic Kayaks and publications. Of particular interest to the Greenland kayaking audience is a partial translation of Jensen, P. Scavenius, The Greenland Kayak and its Accessories (excellent text and diagrams of Greenlandic kayaking gear) and Chapman, F. Spencer, 1932 NORTHERN LIGHTS: The Official Account of the British Arctic Air-Route, (Gino Watkins and team in East Greenland, interesting photos).
A portal to Greenland's culture on the Internet. The aim of Culture Greenland is to maintain a large list of web sites with topics on Greenland's culture. Also of interest is the National Image Database of Greenland. Search on "kajak" for a number of old kayak images. Another feature, currently under construction, is the National Sound Database of Greenland.
This museum, located in Nuuk, Greenland is the central institution for research and documentation of the Greenland cultural history. It is also the central archival institution for public archives and offices. The museum holds a large collection of Greenlandic kayaks, but as yet, there is not a 'web tour' of the exhibition.
Rudy Brueggemann has created a beautiful page on Greenlandic Kayaks including a rolling sequence of Nukaaraq Isbosethsen, a former rolling champion of Greenland, performing a forward recovery hand roll. All material including the image above © by Rudy Brueggemann.
An interesting overview of Greenland kayaking by Andrew Bien. This article is currently hosted on the South East Sea Kayakers website.
Pavia Lumholt is a board advisor of Qajaq USA (and a past board member). Pavia, a veteran of the Greenland kayaking championships, is past-president of both Qajaq Nuuk and Qajaq Copenhagen . Pavia is a popular and frequent instructor at Qajaq USA events. One of Pavia's latest projects is developing a fabric bulkhead for Greenland kayaks. Details are on his site.
Peter Strand is an intrepid builder of Greenland-style skin-on-frame kayaks. He recently completed a conjectural interpretation of a Greenlandic storm kayak. Images are available on his pages.
Fred's page features images of Maligiaq Padilla, Kaleraq Bech and Harvey Golden's replica kayaks.
The (Danish) site of Qajaq København (Qajaq Copenhagen). Qajaq Copenhagen is a fellow Qajaq club associated with Qaannat Kattuffiat. Along with Qajaq USA, these are the only two affiliated Qajaq clubs outside of Greenland. Qajaq Copenhagen was created in 1996 by Pavia Lumholt, a past-president of Qajaq Nuuk and Qajaq USA board advisor (past board member). We look forward to adding links to other sister organizations as they develop a web presence.
(Danish). A kayak club that introduces kayaking to handicapped Greenlanders and Danes. Poul Hansen and Svend Ulstrup are regular fixtures at the Greenland Championships. Site includes images from the championships.
ConnYak is a non-profit club that is open to all paddlers interested in sea kayaking from any location. Membership in ConnYak is open to all paddlers interested in sharing the diverse activities associated with this sport.
Storm Paddle is a website for sea kayaking enthusiasts with paddlers located in NJ, NY, PA, DE & MD primarily. Expertise ranges from those totally new to the sport to those with significant knowledge and skills.
NORSAQ is a non-profit association that proposes a number of activities of interest for G-style and SOF lovers in Europe. Many members of this organization are also Qajaq USA members. The web-site uses French as its main language, but President Christophe Claeys notes that the association can answer to inquiries in English, Spanish and German.
The paddlers of the Walden Qajaq Society, "Fools roll in where Euros fear to tread", are a passionate group of paddlers devoted to Greenland -style paddling and rolling. Located near Walden Pond, of Henry David Thoreau fame, this group welcomes new paddlers and freely mentors their skills. Their site also contains some excellent video clips.
WMCKA is an active paddling association, located in Western Michigan, and has a large number of traditional kayakers among its ranks. WMCKA sponsors a yearly symposium on Camp Pendalouan north of Muskegon. Alan Anderson and Doug Van Doren are well-known members.
The "Greenlanders" are a passionate and friendly group of kayakers, located in the Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo. Mr. Eiichi Ito and this group organizes 'G-style" a Greenland symposium. See the gallery for G-style 2003, featuring Maligiaq Padilla as guest instructor. Their website features great animation of Greenland technique, unique artwork, and more.
Associated with the "Greenlanders" (above), the Qajaq JPN website contains extraordinary artwork and animation by Eiichi Ito and is good fun to visit. The technique information is beautifully rendered, and is definitely worth repeated visits. Qajaq JPN is eventually seeking to become part of Qaannat Kattuffiat in the same manner as Qajaq USA.
Qajaq.nl is dedicated to bringing the attention of the traditional qajaq to the kayakers of the Dutch language regions. In addition to their website, Qajaq.nl organizes activities centered around the traditional qajaq, like the Qajaq Treffen, workshops, paddle making etc. Their website is available in English.
Qajaq.be is a band of kayak enthusiasts, with special focus on building SOFs, Greenland paddles, rope gymnastics and more. Their website offers an impressive number of links for the G-style community.
Send Them To Greenland is a fundraising organization that seeks to support and enhance the relationship between Greenlanders & those North Americans interested in Greenlandic kayaking techniques. Candidates for Send Them To Greenland grant awards must demonstrate respect for the culture and the hospitality of the Greenlandic people.
An excellent resource. Note that Greenlandic is a separate dialect of Inuiktitut. This dictionary does provide information on different dialects of common words.
A short introduction to Greenlandic by Jerry McCarthy of the Yahoo Greenlandic Language Group.
Wordlist prepared by Jerry McCarthy and the Greenland Language Mailing List.
A very useful PDF file that includes both the old and new orthography of Greenlandic place names.
An impressive amount of useful information from maps to outfitters.
This electronic news service is published in Iqaluit (capital of Nunavut, Canada) and is an excellent resource.
John Rasmussen has created a wonderful portfolio of Greenland images including several photos of traditional kayaks.
Poul Alex Jensen has captured some beautiful images of this Northwest Greenland village. The Local Hunting and Links references are quite informative.
Wendell traveled the West coast of Greenland, in the summer of 2001. His account was published in Sea Kayaker Magazine, as Greenland Sojourn. Wendell's photojournalist background, and his artistic eye, resulted in a beautiful and dramatic gallery of photographs, featured at this site.
This site contains fascinating information on icebergs and the Greenland Ice Sheet , including its effect on weather patterns.
Curious about the weather in Ilulissat, the site of the 2007 Greenland Championship? Wondering how Maligiaq is faring in Sisimiut? This is the place to find out.
View a real-time image of Maligiaq's hometown.
If you would like your paddling association to be listed here and your group contains traditional paddling enthusiasts in its ranks, please contact us.