Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Northern Memories

Inukjuak, June 2006

Teaching in Canada's North has provided me with some memorable experiences and some exciting photo opportunities.  I feel so fortunate to have shared a lifetime of memories with my students, their families and friends from across Nunavik (northern Quebec) and Nunavut.  

This particular photo is one of my favourites from Inukjuak while the residents were celebrating National Aboriginal Day.  I fondly remember spending my last day in Inukjuak with some of the Elders dressed in caribou, wolf and seal skin clothing listening to their stories of growing up in a sealskin tent just like the one pictured here.  The highlight of that afternoon was sharing tea with an Elder in that tent as she recounted her life on the land oh so many years ago.  What a beautiful sendoff that was.

Notice the sealskin kayak to the right of the tent.  

Gorgeous craftsmanship - hope all those skills will be passed on through the generations.

Hope all is well in your corner of the world.


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