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MAKING THE
KIIHIMAJUQ STYLE KAMAAK

The skills and knowledge necessary to make the traditional kiihimajuq kammak (crimped sole boot) had been lost in Cambridge Bay—that is, up until December 2019. The knowledge was still being carried by Ulukhaktok's Mary Kudlak, so we brought Mary to Cambridge Bay to teach a workshop and revive the art among Cambridge Bay artisans. Our Elders and apprentice artisans learned this disappearing art so that they can transfer the knowledge to other members of our community.

 

The objectives of this project were to:

  • contribute to the knowledge retention of disappearing cultural and artistic practices through documentation and practical hands-on learning;

  • document and record vocabulary and language associated with the workshop content;

  • increase interaction between Elders, knowledge holders, artisans between Ulukhaktok and Cambridge Bay;

  • enable the future transmission of artistic practices and kamik making in Cambridge Bay and beyond. 

In February 2020, the apprentices who learned from Mary Kudlak transferred the knowledge of how to make the kiihimajuq kammak to more apprentices in Cambridge Bay, strengthening the revival of this knowledge in our community.