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
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.

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Traditional woman's parka
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.

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Traditional woman's parka
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.

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Traditional men's parka
Traditional men's parka

On display at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in Iqaluit.

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Fur pants
Fur pants

On display at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in Iqaluit.

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Qarmaq
Qarmaq

A qarmaq reconstructed inside the Angmarlik Visitors Centre in Pangnirtung.

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Iglu building
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.

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Expert Instruction
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.

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A completed iglu
A completed iglu
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Lamp lighting
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.

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Caribou Sinew
Caribou Sinew

Dried caribou sinew, used as thread for sewing fur clothing. On display at the Angmarlik Vistors Centre in Pangnirtung.

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Cup and Pin game
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.

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Qulliq and Brush
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.

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Inuit tools
Inuit tools

Whip, kicking ball, and other tools on display at the museum of the Angmarlik Visitors Centre in Pangnirtung.

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Shaman's Mask
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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