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.
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!
Always nice to see dogs “being dogs,” allowed to roam around outdoors and explore the world.
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.
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.
These little fellows are commonly called Whiskeyjacks.
They’re quick to approach your picnic and take a little piece.
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.)