Definition of umiak in English:



  • An Eskimo open boat made of wood and skin, traditionally rowed by women.

    • ‘Here they would assemble with their great walrus - skin boats, or oomiaks, to make ready for their annual trading cruise to Siberia.’
    • ‘This package included the umiak, a vessel capable of accommodating substantial numbers of dogs alongside people when travel was by open sea.’
    • ‘Some boats were large (the largest shown has a crew of 32) and were probably made of leather over a wooden frame, similar to the Inuit umiak or the Irish curragh.’
    • ‘For example, Therkel Mathiassen, who defined and named the Thule culture, identified dog sleds, umiaks, and kayaks as key Thule traits.’
    • ‘Called by some the Old Bering Sea Cultures, these early inhabitants traveled by kayak and umiak skin boats in the warmer months, and by sled in the winter.’


From Inuit umiaq.