May 17, 2013 - 6:28 am
Taissumani: May 17
The Sabellum Trading Company
By 1900 bowhead whaling in Baffin Island was drawing to a reluctant close after dominating the lives of Baffin Inuit for the better part of a century. Inuit in some areas had developed a dependence on the whalers and the trade goods which they brought.
Traditional settlement patterns had been...
May 10, 2013 - 6:46 am
Taissumani: May 10
In 1875 the British Admiralty sent an expedition north through Davis Strait to Smith Sound. The two ships, Alert and Discovery, were under the command of captains George Nares and Henry Stephenson, their goal the North Pole.
Nares, who had overall command of the expedition, planned to reach as...
May 03, 2013 - 8:04 am
Taissumani: May 3
Colon Leslie, Fragments from an Inuit Life
On July 9th in the year 1835, Reverend William Cockran of the Church Missionary Society station at Red River, in what is now Manitoba, attended a funeral.
On returning home, he went directly to his room to write down the name and age of the deceased.
Immediately he was interrupted by a...
April 26, 2013 - 11:25 am
Taissumani: April 26
Igjugaarjuk Becomes a Shaman, Part 2
The beliefs of the inland Inuit in the Kivalliq, the so-called Caribou Eskimos, were quite different than those of the sea-coast.
For the inland dwellers, the mistress of the animals of the hunt was not a woman at the bottom of the sea, but rather a woman, Pinga, living somewhere up in the air or...
April 19, 2013 - 10:01 am
Taissumani: April 19
Igjugaarjuk Becomes a Shaman
In 1922 the ethnologist and explorer, Knud Rasmussen, travelled in the interior of the Kivalliq Region and visited the Paallirmiut Inuit who lived on Lake Hikoligjuaq.
There he met a man, Igjugaarjuk, whom he described as an unusual man who enjoyed great esteem among his countrymen.
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