Traditional Inuit Culture

Iqaluit & Pangnirtung

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All photos by Jason Mills or Jordanna Max Brodsky.

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Harpoon and spear heads
Traditional weapons on display at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in Iqaluit. Notice the toggle-head technology that allows the weapon's point to stay in the animal while the shaft falls free.
Traditional woman's parka
On display in Iqaluit's Unikkaarvik Visitor Centre. This caribou fur parka is, of course, a much more modern style than what Omat's family would have worn, but the large hood and carrying straps at least give a sense of traditional women's clothing.
Traditional woman's parka
Jordanna appreciating a woman's caribou fur parka inside the excellent small museum in Pangnirtung's Angmarlik Visitors Centre. Ooleepeeka Arnaqaq explained the museum's collection, generously sharing her expertise.
Traditional men's parka
On display at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in Iqaluit.
Fur pants
On display at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in Iqaluit.
Qarmaq
A qarmaq reconstructed inside the Angmarlik Visitors Centre in Pangnirtung.
Iglu building
I assist...badly...in building an iglu. It is much, much harder than it looks. If you want to try it, contact Alex Flaherty's Polar Outfitting. Alex is a skilled Inuit hunter and guide who seems to know everyone in Nunavut.
Expert Instruction
My very patient and phenomenally skilled iglu-building instructor, Solomon Awa. An Inuit elder with a lifetime of experience on the land, Solomon Awa is surely one of the best people in Nunavut to demonstrate this traditional Inuit skill.
A completed iglu
Lamp lighting
Lighting a traditional stone oil lamp, or qulliq. The Anilniliak family in Pangnirtung kindly demonstrated the traditional procedure in their thoroughly modern home.
Caribou Sinew
Dried caribou sinew, used as thread for sewing fur clothing. On display at the Angmarlik Vistors Centre in Pangnirtung.
Cup and Pin game
Game made from an animal skin. Sometimes played in winter to urge the sun's return. On display in the Angmarlik Visitors Centre in Pangnirtung.
Qulliq and Brush
A stone oil lamp, or qulliq, and a brush made from a bird's wing. On display at the Angmarlik Visitors Centre in Pangnirtung.
Inuit tools
Whip, kicking ball, and other tools on display at the museum of the Angmarlik Visitors Centre in Pangnirtung.
Shaman's Mask
A wooden mask, probably used in shamanic rituals, on display in the Auyuittuq
National Park Visitors Centre in Pangnirtung.
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