American Indian language
Nigilax is a type of Aleut boat, larger, slower, and stabler than the more commonly used kayak. Unlike kayaks, nigilax boats
had an open top and could be used for transporting large objects, families, and so on. In particular, since it was considered taboo for women
to ride in kayaks, the nigilax was the only way for Aleut women to travel by boat. You will also sometimes
see the same word spelled nigilaq. Nigilax are also sometimes referred to by the Inuit name for similar open watercraft, umiaq.
Here are links to our webpages about the Aleut tribe and language:
The Aleut tribe
Aleut language words
Eskimo-Aleut language group
Native people of Alaska
Here are a few good books about the Aleuts:
Aleut Identities: Tradition and Modernity
Aleut Tales and Narratives
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