Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dog Teams

Cache Tuktu

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Fox Trapping – Trade goods for the fashion industry

Foxes were not of prime interest to Inuit in pre-contact times due to their fur being too fragile for external use and were seen...

Inuit Carving – Sharing a culture’s stories

Carving has long featured in the culture of northern indigenous peoples in their production of weapons and utensils in a variety of materials. The...

Caribou People

The Sacred Place Where Life Begins I sit with Gwich’in hunter Charlie Swaney outside under a classic blue camping tarp, rain silently drumming. Thin, tall,...

An Artifact Mystery

A Netsilik (“Nattilik”) compact qajaq Museums collect artifacts that tell a story, sometimes in concert with other items, sometimes alone. Unlike a good mystery novel...

Summer Rendezvous – Gathering at Shingle Point

It is mid-summer on the Arctic Ocean and the sun will not set for another 40 days. I’m riding in a motorboat with the...

Polar Bear Sleep Over – Choosing a Camp Site

A polar bear decided to have a sleep over while I was a 15-year-old boy on a summer outing in a canvas tent with...

Diving and dancing – Tales of the hunter’s knife

I think more so then anywhere else in the world knives hold a great fascination for Inuit. The hunters all have their preference and...

A Gathering Place

Piqalujaujaq, which means “the iceberg shaped building,” is a magnificent new building located at the shoreline in the heart of the community of Qikiqtarjuaq,...

Historical Traditions

The concept of inuat — an Inuktitut word roughly translatable as ‘inhabitants,’ or ‘dwellers’ — once provided the foundation for Inuit belief and lifestyle....