A traditional qayaq cuts through water. It allows for a quick response and is light enough to carry across portages.
Its elegant lines are both useful and beautiful; a marvel of simple and practical design.
For thousands of years across Canada's arctic, hunters have used qayaqs to glide across frigid waters in near-silence. A seal-skin qayaq is said to be especially stealthy as the seal fur dampens waves and reduces splashing noise.
Kevin Floyd is an experienced qayaq builder who leads workshops in qayaq construction where attendees build a vessel over two days. During the 2013 Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik he spoke with CBC's Allison Devereaux.