Monthly Archives: August 2011

Building a traditional Qayaq: Light and flexible

Here are a few favourite pictures from this year’s Great Northern Arts Festival: Kevin Floyd of the Inuvik Qaqaq club is shown building a traditional boat frame, made from green wood.

Usually such a boat would be covered with watertight seal-skin, but this year they were covered with a polymer. The boats are light and you can lift them with one hand.

Also shown is the inspiration for the boat: An archive photo from 1903.

Picture yourself here: The lookout point outside Inuvik

There is a lookout point alongside the Dempster Highway as you arrive in Inuvik.

It offers a beautiful cliffside view of a lake, with pine trees growing seemingly out of rock.

Don’t miss it!

Saturday dog at the lookout point

Always nice to see dogs “being dogs,” allowed to roam around outdoors and explore the world.

Velveted antlers: Caribou heads

Two young hunters were returning to Inuvik alongside the Dempster Highway. Their prize: Three full-size caribou with massive antlers.

Caribou are a staple food around these parts, and while there are rules about harvesting, the hunt continues to supply many families.

NWT fashion: Get yourself a bug jacket

I don’t usually review products on this site, but I will vouch for this bug jacket from Mountain Equipment Co-Op.

The “bee keeper mask” can open with a zip for eating, but otherwise it provides welcome relief from the swarms of mosquitoes.

When dozens of mosquitoes are tapping against the side of the hood trying to get inside, it sounds like rain.

Inquisitive grey bird at the campgrounds

These little fellows are commonly called Whiskeyjacks.

They’re quick to approach your picnic and take a little piece.

“Ramadan Kareem” from Inuvik’s Midnight Sun Mosque!

It’s Ramadan and the members of Inuvik’s muslim community are marking the holy month. An interesting question: How does one fast during sunlight hours, when the sun shines almost 24 hours a day? The answer is that local muslims follow Winnipeg’s prayer times. They fast from about 4am to 9pm. (Notice the caribou in the arabic writing chart.)