and Ikey Bolt
Ikey Bolt and his wife Etna Klengenberg and their daughter
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family all became involved in the fur trade in the Kitikmeot
independent traders, and as employees of fur trade companies.
His daughter Etna married an Alaskan Inupiaq from Point Hope
named Ikey Bolt or Angutisiak. Ikey's parents were Ahivgak
and Wegruk, and he was related to Klengenberg’s wife
Kenmek. He came into the region after he met Diamond Jenness
and was a hired hand with the Canadian Arctic Expedition.
Ikey Bolt eventually took over Klengenberg’s store at Rymer
Point in 1920 and operated it until 1932. Klengenberg’s
wife Kenmek lived there for many years with Etna and Ikey Bolt
after Klengenberg’s retirement to Vancouver.
skill as a seamstress strongly influenced clothing designs in
the Coronation Gulf region. She also worked against the practice
of infanticide among the Copper Eskimos, even traveling to Ottawa
to discuss this issue with government officials.
the mid-1930s Ikey and Etna moved to a location near Minto
Inlet. By the late
1940s they moved to Coppermine where Ikey became caretaker and
interpreter for the first government school established
In 1953 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
in recognition of his services. He died at Coppermine in
in 1987 his
followed him in death. Both are buried at the Anglican cemetary
at the mouth of the Coppermine River.
Dora Kelly, Etna and Ikey Bolt. Small boy on right – Donald
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