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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.

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 Aleut language
 The Aleut tribe
 Aleutian people
 Aleut language words
 Aleut orthography
 Eskimo-Aleut language group
 Native people of Alaska

Here are a few good books about the Aleuts:
 Aleut Identities: Tradition and Modernity
 Aleut Dictionary
 Aleut Tales and Narratives

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