Traditional fishing pirogue (a lakana outrigger canoe) with sail from Madagascar
Pirogues of Madagascar
A pirogue on the Niger River in Mali
Statuette Karajà - Brazil - MHNT

A pirogue (ɡ/ or ɡ/),[1] also called a piragua or piraga, is any of various small boats, particularly dugouts and native canoes. The word is French and is derived from Spanish piragua [piˈɾaɣwa], which comes from the Carib piraua.


Pirogue does not refer to a specific kind of boat, but is a generic term for small native boats in regions once colonized by France and Spain, particularly dugouts made from a single log.[2] In French West Africa, pirogues refer to handcrafted banana-shaped boats used by traditional fishermen.[3] In Madagascar, it also includes the more elaborate Austronesian lakana outrigger canoe.[4][5]

Pirogues are usually propelled by paddles that have one blade (as opposed to a kayak paddle, which has two). It can also be punted with a push pole in shallow water. Small sails can also be employed. Outboard motors are increasingly being used in many regions.

Other Languages
Avañe'ẽ: Yga
català: Piragua
čeština: Piroga
Deutsch: Piroge
eesti: Piroog
español: Piragua
Esperanto: Pirogo
euskara: Piragua
français: Pirogue
galego: Piragua
Ido: Pirogo
italiano: Piroga
עברית: פירוג
kaszëbsczi: Piroga
lietuvių: Piroga
lingála: Bwǎto
Nederlands: Prauw
occitan: Piròga
polski: Piroga
português: Piroga
română: Pirogă
русский: Пирога
slovenčina: Piroga
українська: Пірога