December 06, 2013 - 2:04 pm
Taissumani, Dec. 6
Coming Up Jesusy — Part 4
Last week I discussed how Akumalik brought Christianity from the Pangnirtung area to Tununeq, the Pond Inlet area.
What developed in Tununeq was a crude version of Christianity, characterized by “singing hymns and reading bibles, in shaking hands and waving white flags.” It has been described as a...
November 29, 2013 - 9:47 am
Taissumani, Nov. 29
Coming Up Jesusy — Part 3
It is likely that the active brand of religion that resulted in the almost wholesale conversion of the Pond Inlet Inuit from their adherence to shamanism to a faith in Christianity was brought to northern Baffin Island by a man called Akumalik.
From Tununiq, he had travelled to Cumberland Sound,...
November 22, 2013 - 8:59 am
Taissumani, Nov. 22
Coming Up Jesusy — Part 2
In 1999, an elder from Pond Inlet recalled his people’s conversion to Christianity almost a century earlier, the process of going through siqqitirniq:
“They cut the seal open and took out the intestines, the liver, the heart, the eyes, and the tongue and cut them into small pieces… People lined up......
November 15, 2013 - 7:42 am
Taissumani, Nov. 15
Coming Up Jesusy — Part 1
The short series that begins this week will discuss the introduction of Christianity to northern Baffin Island and the Igloolik area.
Christianity came permanently to Baffin Island with the establishment of a Church Missionary Society mission at the whaling station on Blacklead Island in...
November 08, 2013 - 1:41 pm
Taissumani, Nov. 8
An Arctic Execution
In 1881, Adolphus Greely of the U.S. Army, in charge of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition into the High Arctic, establishing his base of operations at Fort Conger.
Two years later, after no supply ship had reached them, Greely and his men abandoned their base and began their desperate retreat south...
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