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 headsTraditional 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 parkaOn 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 parkaJordanna 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.
Iglu buildingI 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 InstructionMy 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.
Lamp lightingLighting a traditional stone oil lamp, or qulliq. The Anilniliak family in Pangnirtung kindly demonstrated the traditional procedure in their thoroughly modern home.
Caribou SinewDried caribou sinew, used as thread for sewing fur clothing. On display at the Angmarlik Vistors Centre in Pangnirtung.
Cup and Pin gameGame 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 BrushA stone oil lamp, or qulliq, and a brush made from a bird's wing. On display at the Angmarlik Visitors Centre in Pangnirtung.
Inuit toolsWhip, kicking ball, and other tools on display at the museum of the Angmarlik Visitors Centre in Pangnirtung.