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AN INUINNAIT STONE HOUSE FROM THE 1700s

AN INUINNAIT STONE HOUSE FROM THE 1700s

In the recent past, Inunnait lived in snow houses in the winter, and skin tents in the summer. Cambridge Bay Elder Analok described how he heard from his Elders about living in stone houses on the land.

 

When the PI/KHS team excavated a very large stone winter house at Iqaluktuuq, it had been lived in until around 200 years ago, and probably later, matching Analok’s historical knowledge. 

The archaeology crew, including Michael Hadlari (left) and Jason Akoluk (centre) begin excavation of the house.
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The house with excavation completed. At the centre is a very carefully made flagstone floor, at the upper right is the entrance passage and two kitchen areas.
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Part of a soapstone cooking pot found in the kitchen area of the house, with two lines for decoration around its rim.
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