Pangnirtung, NU Dec 2 - 17, 2004

 
 

I was once again very fortunate to have a great local family to stay with. I think this is the most sense I’ve had of Inuit family ties, impromptu and frequent visits, as well as an ethic of sharing in terms of people coming in and out of the house, joining into dinner, watching a movie, etc. It was quite a dynamic household, and a very neat experience.


This trip was fascinating in that I could watch the rapid changes in ice conditions during the formation stages. I was there during freeze-up, which was very important for me to witness. When we flew in at the beginning of the trip it was open water, except for a bit of ice that had begun to form along the tidal flat areas, between tidal cycles. Over the first few days in town, it was a little cooler, and the ice was slowly beginning to form. I seem to have gotten a reputation around town as being the “ice lady”, so it was kind of ironic that the ice began forming just after I got there! Anyway, with a thin layer of ice formed, and the last of the boats pulled out of the harbour, I figured we might just be able to get out on the ice by the end of the first week. However, after two days of overcast, slightly warmer weather, the ice was once again dark – much thinner – and thus still quite unsafe to attempt any type of travel. It was kind of funny to see people walking on the ice to take their boats out of the water (ice), but that was as much ice travel as I had seen so far. 


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Adventures in Pangnirtung (Research Trip #2)

G. J. Laidler