Iqaluit

(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…

(Post 3 of 4) Barbra Akoak is a young artist working in Matthew’s studio. She engraved these ulu earrings with patterns from traditional tattoos that honour the seal. “The zig zag represents the flame of the qulliq” (a seal oil lamp). “I bless the metal, the stones, myself, everything. My family tells me that I’m…

(Post 4 of 4) I met artist Matthew Nuqingaq by chance at the Baffin Deli, where he goes twice a day with the Grumpy Old Men’s Coffee Club. Maybe you will see him there.

(Post 2 of 2) Sunday morning at St. Simon’s Mission in Apex, Nunavut. Paul Idlout looks very different than he did yesterday where I met him at the park (see the last post). Paul was a pastor who worked in several communities. What he didn’t mention, but others did, is that in 1996 he became…