January 31, 2014 - 2:02 pm
Taissumani, Jan. 31
The Arctic Council of 1851
When most people hear the phrase “The Arctic Council,” they think of the multi-national body currently chaired by Canada, a group of eight nations that meet to discuss issues faced by their governments and citizens.
But less well-known was an earlier Arctic Council dating to the year 1851....
January 24, 2014 - 10:38 am
Taissumani, Jan. 24
A Song About Syllabics
Traditionally Inuit often settled disputes through song contests, events in which one party would sometimes mercilessly deride in verse the shortcomings and vices of another.
These were verbal duels in which each tried to outdo the other. They were often accompanied by fisticuffs.
January 17, 2014 - 8:44 am
Taissumani, Jan. 17
Who Were the Kinipetu?
Whaling and early anthropological literature abounds with references to a group of Inuit called the Kinipetu. The word was used by whalers, explorers, some anthropologists, and early policemen. As is often the case with early renditions of Inuit terms, it was spelled in various ways.
But in fact...
January 11, 2014 - 2:39 pm
Taissumani, Jan. 10
Sedna, the Woman at the Bottom of the Sea
I have sometimes been asked about the word Sedna, which is often used in books on Inuit art and legend. Carvings of the being known as Sedna are popular, and the name has found many usages in popular culture.
Sedna is one of many names used to refer to a creature from mythology, a woman who lives...
January 03, 2014 - 6:53 am
Taissumani, Jan. 3
Kiinaalik Becomes a Shaman
Kiinaalik was a woman of about 30 years when the ethnographer Knud Rasmussen met her in the Kivalliq region in the 1920s. He described her as intelligent, pleasant, and easy to talk with. Moreover, she was neat and clean, amiable and trustworthy.
She had a reputation among her people for being a...
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