Donald B. Marsh

Eating Raw Caribou, 1937

The crescent shaped knife the woman is holding is called an ulu, they are meant to be used by women only to prepare and eat food.


Donald Benjamin Marsh

Arctic Flowers, Payne Bay, before 1970


Scientists have brought back to life a collection of roughly 400-year-old frozen plants recovered from melting glaciers in the Canadian Arctic. (Catherine La Farge / University of Alberta)




Aboriginal Language Gets Official Status in Nunavut, Canada

As of April 1, Inuktitut became an official language of Nunavut, putting it on par with English and French in the territory. “This level of statutory protection for an aboriginal language is unprecedented in Canada,” said the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage in an April 2 news release. The passage of the Official Languages Act has been five years in the making. This act takes the place of the Northwest Territories Official Languages Act, which recognized only English and French as official languages. The older act did give “a lesser set of rights to seven aboriginal languages, including Inuktitut,” according to Uqausivut, a comprehensive language plan. But, as the plan points out, “This does not reflect the realities of Nunavut, where a majority of people speak neither English nor French as their first language, but a single Aboriginal language.”

this is wonderful! we actually discussed this in my linguistics class yesterday when we studied the Inuktitut writing system and how it was adapted from the one for Cree.

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Pootoogook, inuit/cape dorset, Caribou, 1958, linocut, stencil on paper


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Uksawalli and her baby and an unidentified girl on their way to church, Cape Dorset (Kinngait), August 1961


Haiokok of the Copper Inuit wearing a traditional style of winter clothing.

Coronation Gulf, N.W.T., [Nunavut], 1931

Credit: Canada. Indian and Northern Affairs / Library and Archives Canada / PA-101143


Northern Haze - Qaina (Igloolik, Nunavut) 2010/2012

Inuit rock/metal band from the 69th parallel in the Canadian Arctic, formed in 1978 and still going strong.”

Established in 1999, Nunavut (“Our Land” in Inuktitut) is Canada’s newest territory. The Canadian Heraldic Authority and Inuit artist Andrew Qappik, developed this Coat of arms in close collaboration with the elders and leaders of Nunavut. The result is a remarkable fusion of Inuit symbolism and European heraldic tradition.”

Christmas activities, Repulse Bay, NWT, Canada [now Naujaat, Nunavut], 1953. In the middle foreground, Athanasi Ulikattaq. Immediately behind him on the left, Nattiq, and on the right, with his face partly in the shadow, Nicholas Qingajak (Kringayak). In the far background, from left to right, Bernadette Iquttaq Tungilik, four unidentified woman and one child, one unidentified man, Mark Tungilik and Lionel Angutinguaq (Angotingoar). 

"Men, women, and children wearing parkas in igloo facing priest to celebrate Christmas," Kugaaruk [Pelly Bay], Kitikmeot Region, Nunavut.