September 19, 2014 - 11:35 am
Taissumani, Sept. 19
What Does “–miut” Mean?
Everyone in the Arctic, whether they speak Inuktitut or not, has heard this suffix attached to a word, either in Inuktitut or English, and usually a place name. And most know that it means “the people of (that place.)
And so you hear that certain people are Iglulingmiut (the people of Igloolik.)...
September 12, 2014 - 3:37 pm
Taissumani, Sept. 12
The explorer was travelling in northern Greenland with one south Greenlander and two young Inughuit — Polar Eskimos — both about 20.
It was summer and travelling conditions were dreadful. The explorer had taken some burial goods from an Inuit grave a few days earlier – small things – a pin, a...
September 05, 2014 - 5:14 pm
Taissumani, Sept. 5
What Makes a Good Teacher?
What makes a good teacher? This age-old question has never been satisfactorily answered, least of all by the meritless arguments advanced by those who tout “merit pay” for teachers as the panacea for everything that ails the education system.
When I was in Grade 8 (then the graduating year from...
August 29, 2014 - 8:40 pm
Taissumani, Aug. 29
The Strategic Importance of Ellesmere Island
It must be near summer’s end because Stephen (not my brother) Harper is doing his annual tour of the Canadian Arctic, with the attendant sovereignty overtones that that entails. So let’s take a look at how some of that sovereignty came about.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Canada was busy establishing...
August 22, 2014 - 12:48 pm
Taissumani, Aug. 22
Inughuit Hunters and the Thule Act
The Thule Act was a unique piece of legislation passed by a group of Inughuit hunters in the Thule District of northern Greenland, without recourse to, or permission from, any national government.
Knud Rasmussen had established his Thule Station, a trading post, in the district in 1909. The Danish...
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