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This kit is designed to be used in the Arctic / Subarctic Gallery. Enter the museum galleries and make your way through the Earth History Gallery. Begin with the Inukshuk. The Inuit are the aboriginal people of the Canadian Arctic. Inuktitut is the Inuit language. The word Inuit means the people. You will learn other words in Inuktitut today.

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The Inuit are the aboriginal people of the Canadian Arctic. Inuktitut is the Inuit language. The word Inuit means the people. You will learn other words in Inuktitut today.

Arctic Sub Arctic Gallery Map

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Artifact List

1. Sample of polar bear fur

2. Sample of seal fur

3. Snow Knife – small scale-model version of a knife used to cut blocks of snow for constructing an igloo

4. Ulu – a woman’s knife with a curved blade; this knife is made with a metal blade, traditional knives would have used a stone blade

5. Kudlik (Lamp) – used for both heat and light and tended by the women

  • wicks were made from cotton grass (see tundra diorama) or moss and then soaked in oil
  • made of soapstone, the softness of the stone made it easy to shape, also not a good conductor of heat (used to today for laboratory table tops and fireplace linings)

6. Snow goggles – worn to prevent snow blindness, protect the eyes from both the sun and reflected light from the snow

7. Porcupine quills (and photo of a porcupine) – a traditional material used for decoration

8. Trade bead chart – trade good introduced by European traders

9. Fishing spear – head or leister

10. Snow shovel – to use grasp the handle with one hand and the toggle on the back of the shovel with the other

11. Snow probe – use to determine if the snow is the proper consistency for constructing an igloo

12. Ring and Pin Game

13. Bone Toss Game

14. Buzzer Game – hold the loop of hide taut between your index fingers (hold at first joint) with the knot under one finger and the piece of bone suspended in the middle; twirl the bone and hide so that hide becomes tightly twisted; the trick is then to gently tug and release the hide with your fingers so that is repeatedly twists and un-twists – similar to button games played by pioneer children