Rose, an Inuvialuit elder shared here stories at the Visitor Centre during a story telling hour with bannock and reindeer soup. It was very inspiring to hear how they used to live on the land. She said it was a hard life for sure, but she loved it.
On another day, we got to see a demonstration of Northern Games by some teenagers. These traditional games were played in order to keep the men and women strong. And wow, some of those ‘games’ require a lot of strength and skills. Like high ball kicking, rope jumping while sitting on your butt or lying on your side, hanging off a bar with one wrist or off your feet and on and on. There are around 300 of those games and official competitions. I don’t think I could have done a single one of them. I guess I’ll just stick to biking for now, until I am strong enough to pull a whale out of an ice hole.
suna – what (Rose taught us that one during a kids game we played at the Elder talk)
kamik – boot
kamiik – two boots (easy right?)
inuk – person
inuuk – (any guesses?)
piujunik quinijunik qimmiqaqtuq Liivai – Levi has some good fat dogs.