Arctic Flora

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    Radiant and resourceful

    One of the wonders of the Arctic is that there are any flowers there at all, but every May after nine months of incredibly low temperatures, they begin to re-appear, radiant in their various colours, reminding the world to wake up because spring has arrived! Northern flowers and plants were used by Inuit in pre-contact times over the centuries for medicinal reasons as well as for making tea or simply serving as a change of diet.

    Nick Newbery taught in several communities in Nunavut from 1976-2005. He would like to acknowledge the assistance he received for this article from Bert Rose, northern educator and long-time resident of Nunavut. The photos in this article are from Nick’s Arctic photo collection that can be found at www.newberyphotoarchives.ca and should be viewed from a historical perspective.