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By: Nunatsiaq News  09-12-2011

TAISSUMANI

 December 01, 2011 - 10:49 am

Saltwater Shamans

KENN HARPER

The Inuit who once lived in the inland Kivalliq region lived a life quite different from that of their fellow Inuit on the coast.

Anthropology generally refers to these people as the Caribou Inuit or Caribou Eskimos — Farley Mowat popularized them as “The People of the Deer,” the title of his..

TAISSUMANI

 November 24, 2011 - 10:26 am

May Day on a Whaler

KENN HARPER

A tradition developed on Scottish whaling ships to the Arctic that crew members making their first trip – green hands as they were called – had to be initiated to the rigors of the north.

A similar tradition existed on merchant ships crossing the equator. On Arctic ships the ceremony — which for..

TAISSUMANI

 November 17, 2011 - 10:03 am

Knud Rasmussen and the Iglulik Inuit, Part 6

KENN HARPER

Aua’s wife, Orulo, was almost as garrulous as Tagurnaaq had been. She described her life in detail for her visitor. She had been born far to the north at the mouth of Admiralty Inlet, but her family had moved to the Iglulik area when she was but a child.

She had travelled extensively in that area..

TAISSUMANI

 November 13, 2011 - 12:42 pm

Knud Rasmussen and the Iglulik Inuit, Part 5

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KENN HARPER
By early February, when the temperatures in the eastern Arctic are at their lowest, the sun has returned to the southern horizon of Foxe Basin.

Near the end of that month, in 1922, Knud Rasmussen and his Polar Inuit companions were hunting near Cape Elizabeth, north of Lyon Inlet,..

TAISSUMANI

 November 03, 2011 - 9:14 am

Knud Rasmussen and the Iglulik Inuit, Part 4

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

KENN HARPER
On the return sled journey from Repulse Bay to Danish Island, Rasmussen and Nasaitsordluarssuk made a fortuitous short-cut inland from Havilland Bay to Gore Bay.

At a lake on their route, they met an old woman jigging for trout. She was Tagurnaaq, the first of all the Inuit about..

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09-12-2011

NunatsiaqOnline - letters

I would like to express my and my siblings’ gratitude for the physical, spiritual and emotional care given to our mother Sepora Kitikshimik Kumarluk of Umiujaq, who went to be with the Lord on Oct. 2, 2011. For many years, my kids were learning Inuktitut at school, but all it seems they have learned is how to draw igloos and colour inuksuks. Her mother passed away when she was very young and her father remarried to Pitsiulaalaaq.


09-12-2011

NunatsiaqOnline - editorial

Bill C-10, the big new criminal justice law the Conservative government placed before the House of Commons Sept. 20, promises to create a costly new headache for the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Justice. Nunavut MLAs, meeting together as committee of the whole, continued hearings Oct. 25 that began this past June on the federal government’s Nutrition North Canada program.


09-12-2011

NunatsiaqOnline - features

Laughter makes Terry “Aislin” Mosher happy — and he was pleased to hear hoots of laughter from everyone at the Nov. 2 launch of the Polar Lines cartoon exhibition in Ottawa. Students in Alain Cloutier’s class recently crafted two umiaks for the made-in-Quebec film, which is now in production in Mingan, an Innu reserve on Quebec’s Lower North..


09-12-2011

NunatsiaqOnline - commentary

Even though it was at the very end of an important historic period for Inuit, one could see the forces that would play an important role particularly in the growth and development of the arts. France’s ambassador for polar affairs, Michel Rocard, recently suggested that Canada has given up on the competition with Russia to attract commercial shipping into the Arctic.


09-12-2011

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FRANK TESTER DURBAN, South Africa — Jordan Konek and Curtis Kuunuaq of Arviat opened their booth Dec. 3, part of the many displays at the United Nations climate change summit now underway in Durban, South Africa. Nunavik stands alone with regards to its poor health and social indicators, the Quebec government’s annual review of health across province revealed Nov. 30.


09-12-2011

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The company has plugged its two remaining wells off the coast of western Greenland, without finding any signs of the substantial oil reserves thought to lie off Greenland. The deal, signed July 7, 2010 in Chisasibi, Quebec, gives the James Bay Cree ownership over 80 per cent of the land area covered by a chain of islands in James Bay.