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An Aleutian style sea kayak is sometimes called a baidarka. The word has its origins from early Russian settlers " in Alaska. One prominent feature of a baidarka is its forked bow (bifurcated bow). Very lightweight and maneuverable, it was made out of seal skin sewed strictly only by Aleut women, over a frame made strictly by the men of driftwood (since no trees grow in the Aleutian islands), bone and sinew. It was treated as a living being by Aleut men (it was taboo for women to handle them). A Sea kayak is a kayak developed for the sport of paddling on the open waters of the ocean. ...

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Baidarka - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (166 words)
Baidarka is the name sometimes used for Aleutian style sea kayak.
A prominent feature of a baidarka is its forked bow (bifurcated bow).
In modern times, George Dyson is often credited with the revival of the baidarka, through his company Dyson, Baidarka and Company.
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