from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large open Inuit or Eskimo boat made of skins stretched on a wooden frame, usually propelled by paddles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large, open boat made of skins stretched over a wooden frame that is propelled by paddles; used by the Inuit for transportation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The native name of the women's or larger kind of Eskimo boat, carrying ten or twelve people, and consisting of a wooden frame covered with sealskins, with several seats.
You can't deny me my umiak this season and you know it.
The open-water leads had ended not very far west of the inlet leading south to Back's River — the narrowing strait there was solid ice pack — so they'd had to beach and hide the qayaqs and Asiajuk's umiak and continue on with the six dogs pulling the heavily solid thirteen-foot kamatik.
No one minded waiting for the umiak when there was no wind for its sails since the thirty-foot-long craft carried enough fresh food in it that they rarely had to stop to hunt or fish unless they wanted to.
He sat with Nauja in the center of a spacious, open umiak as two of the young hunters paddled for him.
Although Asiajuk generously offered to let Silna and her children ride in his now-crowded umiak, she string-messaged her preference for the qayaq, Taliriktug knew that his wife would never want any child of hers — certainly not Kanneyuk, the two-month-old — to be so close to the vicious dogs in such a tight space.
Asiajuk and his wife and three of the hunters stayed with the umiak at the mouth of the river, but Crozier and Silence with their children, the still-curious hunter Inupijuk, and the other hunters paddled their qayaqs upriver the three miles or so to the first low falls.
Inupijuk, the southern hunter, rode in the umiak, as did six Qimmiq — dogs.
Now, can I have the baidarka, or do I have to settle for the keys to the umiak?
Communication between the different settlements is maintained by means of the umiak, a boat made of sealskin generally about thirty feet in length.
I heard of one _umiak_ (skin boat) only a few years ago having crossed to Cape Chidley from Baffin Land.
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