Hivulivut: Healing of the Land →
Hivulivut: Travelling South →
Travelling South I had a good smile and with awe, giggled just a wee bit. Why ? Well, having read and printing out the stuff we need to bring for travelling. I’ll just give one section; clothing. sweater rain jacket walking shoes sweater for the night Casual clothing for dinner nights water bottle …
Interviewing will begin
hivulipta: Cameras are ready for use and we will be interviewing anytime now. The plans are to do an outdoor interview, since it has been so hot and beautiful outside for these past days. Our topics will include TB (Tuberculosis) and whatever comes up as we as questions (according to the Arviat timeline). So stay tuned in as we will be posting up more notes from these interviews.
Excited to Interview Elders
elizabethmm: Hopefully, with all the cameras and some sort of lighting, we will be interviewing the elders soon. The sooner the better! This feels like a little last minute to do before the trip, but we need to do it anyways.
Hivulivut: Atanarjuat ~ the movie →
Atanarjuat ~ the movie Two things I learn watching the film by Zacharias Kunuk, Atanarjuat. First of all, the good and then of course, the bad. Atanarjuat; Atuat, a single lady was promised to marry him. However, another man, who really wants to have her is causing some problems. Atanarjuat is a good man while Oki
Frank Tester's Arctic Ramblings: What I learned... →
What I learned from the Polar Gas Pipeline Enquiry and Elders like Donald Suluk and Mickie Reading the words of Donald Suluk and Mickie brings back lots of memories. If you read them carefully, there is a lot being said. Some of it, we would say in English, is ‘between the lines’. What I remember is the tremendous struggle of many Inuit Elders in the 1970s to figure out a way of handling two...
Hivulivut: What it takes →
To Be A Research Assistant: Sharpen terminology skills Networking Contacts, emails, phone calls, conferences, Get to know elders by talking to them Be prepared to walk Make appointments and do some visiting Attend council meetings Permits, licences, approvals Set backs, etc (be…
Elizabeth Mukyungnik: Childhood. →
Elizabeth Mukyungnik “The Old Days” In my childhood, I never meant to be so bossy, but I was. I was the “Daddy’s Girl” back then. I was the mean little kid, they spoiled me too much. I remember that I loved going to Elder Centre to see my late grand mother. I loved the elders’ way about them. My mom would always let me watch the elders do their skinning and...
Elizabeth Mukyungnik: Field Trip. →
Remembering The field trip we went on today was fun. The wind was nice and warm. It wasn’t that cold. We walked by the cemetary to see all of the crosses. As we passed by, we were walking toward Nuvuk. On our way we also saw the olden boat and Arviat’s first building. The building is pretty nice, but it looks old. There wasn’t a lot of bugs and bumble bees out. I enjoyed the walk. At the...
My life: My Childhood →
Joseph Thompson “My Grandparents” When I was a small child, I remember I used to follow my grandparents everywhere. Every summer my whole family stayed at our cabin, I followed my grandparents when they went drum dancing, when the elders gathered for tea and games. I remember the elders played Nugluktaq (a game where one player tried to poke a stick through a twirling spool...
Amy Owingayak: Field Trip →
David took us on a field trip to where Inuit first camped which it is not far from Arviat. Inuit moved to that area in 1922 and at that time, there was only one house (shack). However, after a year later there were 3 more buildings that were built. The camp existed for 4 years then Inuit moved…
Break Time with Martha and Tamar.
elizabethmm: We sorted out some details for the interview that we were doing :)
Being an Inuk.
elizabethmm: I feel proud that we as Inuit have freedom. But it is also a good thing that the government pays for our health care. Life would be harder without the government’s help, as unemployment is so high in Arviat. It is a blessing to be Inuk, words cannot explain this enough times.
Hivulivut: Tikirayualaaq ~ First Location of... →
The Nanisiniq group went on a field trip to the site of the first location of Arviat, known as Tikirayualaaq. It is located around the shore just behind the cemetary. There was one small building in 1922 and three more were built in 1923. The rest had remained in caribou tent called…
Hivulivut: The importance of photos →
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words We would like to thank our Coordinator, David Jr. for the use of his digital camera for taking photos of the field trip to Tikirayualaaq, the first known location of Arviat. We took as many as we could so that people may see the space and the sea where the Inuit settled for four years. Pictures…
Amy Owingayak: Arviat Population →
The Population of Arviat, Nunavut 1978 - 960 people 1981 - 1200 people 1986 - 1640 people 2001 - 1899 people 2008 - 2060 people 2009 - 2300+ people There were not that many people living in Arviat in the 1970’s, however it is growing rapidly. Within 3 years (1978 -81), the population increased by 240. From 1981 - 1986, it has increased by 440 which is double the first one. From 2001 - 2008...
Amy Owingayak: Royal Canadian Mounted Police →
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Rg-85 vol-229 # 630/153-3 Four (4) Eskimos making statements about Father Dionne and Father Thibert about the present war (August 24th, 1942) Cst. Jimmy Gibbons: Jimmy stated that Father Dionne told him it is better if the German’s have won the war. However, Jimmy did not hear anything from…
Hivulivut: Eskimo Point and the Work of the School →
“Eskimo Point” and the Work of the School File # Rg-85 Vol 1951 #A-1000 / 153 1959-1960, Eskimo Point consisted of approximately 26 families who made their homes. 25 Students were sent to school. The following were employed. Aliktilloo; HBC Servant Jimmy Gibbons; Special Constable, RCMP Johnny Karetak; Special Constable, RCMP Suluk
Donald Suluk and Mickie on the impacts of the...
Former Commissioner of Nunavut remembers Pelagie,...
July 13, 2010. Peter Irniq, former Commissioner of Nunavut: ᑲᒥᓯᓅᕐᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᓄᓇᕘᒥ ᐃᖃᐅᒪᔪᖅ ᐱᓚᔨᒥᒃ, ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖅ ᐃᓄᒃ ᓇᔭ I remember, Sister Pelagie, was always there for us, whenever, we were lonely for our parents, being so far away from home, and I can talk to you a great deal about loneliness, in those days. She was always smiling, like an older sister, or a mother to us. When I was first taken...
Word of the Day
hivulipta: Nag li gi ya git means I love you.
Hivulivut: Rest In Peace Sister Pelagie →
We, the Arviat History Project Students would like to send our condolences to the family of Sister Pelagie. Sister Pelagie joined the selecting process of 20 to 25 applicants for this project. She made careful and wise decisions. She made a contribution on planning and organizing for this important project. She really enjoyed taking part and everyone else enjoyed her too because she made...
Amy Owingayak: Arctic Seasons →
During the summer time, more people are staying up late because of the 24 hour sunlight. More people are out enjoying the sun while its around. During this time, most people make dried caribou meat. I also see lots of people going out hunting and boating or just relaxing out on the land, enjoying the nice summer weather. Spring time is always fun too, people go out more because of the nice...
Robert Mukyungnik: Inuit Traditional Knowledge... →
Today I looked at the website called “Inuit contact.” This website describes the Inuit as people who migrated from the land that is treeless, explains Inuit culture, and also shows how numerous animal groups migrated to the arctic. The Inuit are highly skilled to survive in the arctic environment. For instance, they learned how to work together and adapt their lives for survival,...
Amy Owingayak: Qablunaq & Qablunaat (white people) →
Qablunaq - one white man Qablunaat - group of white men I think Inuit picked these terms for white people because these terms describe how white people look. From what I know, Inuit would name each other by their looks, so these names must reflect how the white people looked like to the Inuit. Qablunaq (or Qablunaat) literally means stomach and eyebrows, so these are the characteristics that...
Hivulivut: Interpreting Terms - - in Syllabics →
June 29, 2010 Kanaknaq = North Kivat = South Kiti = East Kangi = West Kityinik = Eastward Kitaagut = East end Kikmuaktuq = Down Tagyaq = During spring go to community and then in fall return to camp Ataaq = During spring, return to land Qaqmaliq = Shopping Qaimnguq = In the fall the rocks get iced up around it Tungilliq = On a lake there’s ice in the centre and the...
Amy Owingayak: The Importance of Going Out On The... →
I enjoy going out on the land so much! Going to our cabin (Home away from home)which is not too far from the town is just so relaxing, nice and quiet. Going for tea and roasting country food is always good, yummy! I also find it fun to go hunting, get some fresh meat and eat with family and friends. Even just going for a ride is fun, seeing the land and people passing by. When we are nearby...
Canada Day Weekend
robertam: Taking time off this weekend was a whole lot of fun. I went out to Maguse River. My dad and I brought out the fishnet and fixed a bunch of stuff that we had. It was great. I had fun enjoying the land and saw some old tools that were used long ago. But, there were no fish. That was a downer. It was great to be outdoors.
Hivulivut: David Owingayak by Allen Code →
Another Media Centre Short Film: David Owingayak (My father) is teaching on hunting preparation for winter seasons. This was taken back in the 1980’s. BRING THE FOLLOWING: Binocoluars; To see afar off, to see whereabouts you are and heading to. Carry it around your neck outside of your parka. Don’t leave it inside the kamotik because you will have to untie and tie the kamotik which slows...
Amy Owingayak: My Summer →
My summer is all planned out. After Joan Carolyn’s birthday (my sister), which is today (July 5), I will be heading to Rankin Inlet until the first week of August. When I get back, we will be heading to Yellowknife and Vancouver. I am excited about going because we will be doing research with archives. When we get to Yellowknife, we will also visit a museum which holds Inuit artifacts. I have...
Elizabeth Mukyungnik: To Do List →
Finally doing tumblr again after reading my letter from April. Thanks April for asking about the types of food that I like to eat when in Vancouver. It is a quiet day, we are not really busy with work. I am just doing this blog as usual. There isn’t more workshops since Frank and April and Pat left us. We are still here with Tamar and David Jr. trying to organize interviews. I need more work...
Hivulivut: Inuit Drum Dancing →
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 Today we watched a short film of Inuit traditional drum dancing. This was taken sometimes in the mid 1980’s over at Joseph Sewoee’s residence. Although the gathering is not like the ancient days, the people here were in the similiar positions as it would in the olden days. What I mean by that is, when there’s a drum dancing event, men and women are seated in a circle....