Kayaks were used throughout the Arctic and subarctic region. Native Americans living in the northern regions of North America made kayaks by stretching walrus or sealskin over wooden frames.
According to historians, the Native Americans developed the kayak as they needed a small, narrow boat to navigate choppy rivers. These kayaks even had a sealed cockpit to protect the paddler from sinking. These kayaks were made using a double paddle to increase the speed and were about 19 feet (5.7 meters) long.
It is said that the kayaks were an
important part of the Native American culture and were regularly used for seal
and walrus hunting. Children were given a kayak by the age of 10 and they were
expected to build their own by the age of 20.
Clancy's coment: There ya go. Something to pass onto your kids and grandkids.