Inuit

Dear friends

Dear friends

Each time I begin a new part of this journey, I feel blessed to have friends and mentors who remind me to be strong and present. In a life full of traveling, it’s easy to get preoccupied with logistics and assignments, but the real work is to wake up each day and embrace the surprises….

Maktak

Maktak

A tale of two lunches. I prepare carrots, cheese, hummus and veggies (plus that special Arctic tomato), while Alex gets her maktak ready. Maktak is narwhal skin with a thin layer of fat. It’s eaten raw – this piece had been in the freezer until Alex thawed it in the microwave. She uses an ulu…

Inuit science

Inuit science

“Inuit are the original Arctic scientists. We experiment by testing the sea ice thickness. We observe the environment by checking the weather. And we repeat it to make sure it won’t kill us. Our survival has relied on these techniques for a long time.” This is Justin Milton, a teenager, communicator and emerging scientist from Pond…

Disko Island, Greenland

Disko Island, Greenland

Paurngaqturumaviit? Would you like some crowberries? Eva Aariak and I gathered so much of this fruit yesterday. While exploring Disko Island in Greenland, we discovered a bumper crop. Joy! We planned on hiking but ended up with our hands in the crowberry bushes much of the time. These berries are perfectly ripe, with the best…

Pond Inlet, Nunavut

Pond Inlet, Nunavut

I met Agnes in Pond Inlet where I took this photo after hearing this story. In 1986, some visitors came and took pictures of Agnes and her family at their camp outside of Igloolik. Recently, she found the pictures online. They are being sold as puzzles, cups, and t-shirts. “It’s no fair to me or…

(Post 2 of 4) The first thing I noticed at the Baffin Deli was this necklace, and then the guy wearing it. I stopped to ask him about it, only to find out that he is Matthew Nuqingaq, the guy I was looking for. He brought me back here, to his studio. Notice the homemade…