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INUINNAIT HISTORY IN BATHURST INLET

INUINNAIT HISTORY IN BATHURST INLET

Qingauq (Bathurst Inlet) is a particularly important place for the history of many Cambridge Bay families, but much of its traditional knowledge has not been recorded.

Led by the Kapolaks who live in Qingauq today, and Elders Lena Kamaoyok, Mary Kaniak, and Jessie Naikak, PI/KHS teams recorded oral histories, and also some very special heritage sites like a seal blubber cache on top of a tall boulder.

Mary Kaniak discusses a cliff-side meat cache.
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The tall boulder in the centre of the photo was used to store seal blubber.
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The archaeology crew examines a 500-year-old Inuit house foundation.
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