As is the
case in many Inuit societies, leadership in Ahiarmiut society
was determined not by inheritance, but through demonstrated ability
as a provider and through strength of character. Within Ahiarmiut
society Angulalik was recognized as an individual of exceptional
skill and intelligence. Due to these traits people gravitated
towards him and recognized his authority in decision making.
Inuit holding rifles over dead seals Angulalik in middle.
Territories Archives/N-1986-002: 0012)
In his youth
Angulalik experienced the replacement of traditional Inuit hunting
technology with firearms. Therefore he was an expert with the
bow and arrow, and he sometimes chose to use them well after they
were effectively replaced by rifles. Angulalik's skill and consistent
production as a hunter was key to his emergence as a leader among
the Ahiarmiut. He continued to provide country foods for his family
and dependents after he became a trader.
(l to r) Angulalik, Kolaohok (holding Donald Ayalik) and Kuptana.
Territories Archives/N- 1986-002: 0011)
ability as a provider enabled him to support two wives. Having
more than one spouse was a mark of influence and ability in traditional
Inuit society, and Angulalik had two wives at a very young age.
Later in life when he was running his own trading business he
was truly a very affluent individual with his vast resources as
a provider bringing with them a complementary level of influence
with his followers.