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TAISSUMANI September 12, 2014 - 3:37 pm

Taissumani, Sept. 12

Grave Robbing

KENN HARPER

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...

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TAISSUMANI September 05, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Taissumani, Sept. 5

What Makes a Good Teacher?

KENN HARPER

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...

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TAISSUMANI August 29, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Taissumani, Aug. 29

The Strategic Importance of Ellesmere Island

KENN HARPER

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...

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TAISSUMANI August 22, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Taissumani, Aug. 22

Inughuit Hunters and the Thule Act

KENN HARPER

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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TAISSUMANI August 15, 2014 - 9:53 am

Taissumani, Aug. 15

The Expulsion of the Inughuit

KENN HARPER

The Inughuit live in northwestern Greenland north of Melville Bay. Their traditional territory is a strip of land hemmed in between the frigid waters of the Arctic and the inland ice that covers most of Greenland, a coastal strip 600 km long. They are the northernmost human society in the...

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