Cape Dorset, NU May 19 - Jun 12, 2008


As someone who had always been very interested in the North, it was an amazing privilege to spend one month in the community of Cape Dorset, Nunavut throughout May and June, 2008. I have been fascinated by the Arctic for as long as I can remember its: ecosystem, wildlife, climate, and especially people.

I was fortunate to attend a meeting in Iqaluit in February, 2008 where I was introduced to Pootoogoo Elee, a community researcher from Cape Dorset, Nunavut who is also working on ISIUOP. I was really unaware of what this experience would entail as I had only been in the Arctic once before, and was heading up this time almost entirely by myself. My only contact in the community was Pootoogoo, better known around the community as Black. Needless to say, any concerns I had were quickly wiped away upon arriving in the Hamlet of Cape Dorset.

        I was amazed at how welcoming and friendly everyone in the community was to me. Everyone I passed whether it was an elder, a teenager or a small child said hello, some asked what I was doing in the community, and one evening a young girl without even saying a word ran straight up to me and gave me a hug. I could not have felt more welcome in the community. I was also able to attend and help out at an Elders Appreciation dinner that was held at the High School. This introduced me to new people, and some wonderful games that are quite popular in the community like the bean bag toss among others. read more visit the online journal archive.

All photos by Karen Kelley.

Adventures in Cape Dorset (Research Trip #5)

K. Kelley