name is Tagak. I live in a small town in the Nunavut Territory of northern
Canada. "Nunavut" means "our land" in Inuktitut, which is the language
I speak. Most of the people who live in the Nunavut Territory are Inuit Native
Canadians. In the past, Native Canadians in our area were called "Eskimos," but we
prefer to be known as "Inuit." Inuit means "people" in our language.
The Inuit are related to the northern peoples of Siberia, Alaska, and Greenland.
Our people came to North America by sea about 4,000 years ago.
Many people think that we live in igloos and travel by dog
sleds. Today most Inuits live in houses and use automobiles and snowmobiles to
If you met an Inuit boy or girl from Nunavut, you would call him
or her an Inuk. We are very proud of our heritage and treasure our traditional
music and stories. My favorite story is about the Qallupilluq, an imaginary
creature who looks like a troll and lives in Hudson Bay. My grandfather tells me
that this monster wears a woman's parka made out of loon feathers. The legend
says that the Qallupilluq grabs children when they come too near cracks in the
I'm not sure if I believe the story...
However, the Inuit spend a lot of time fishing on the sea ice. I think
adults made up the story to keep children away from dangerous cracks in
the ice. Just in case, I'll be careful. I don't want to meet that crazy troll
wearing a winter coat made of bird feathers!
Story by Deborah Kozdras
Map of Nanavut Territory. Iqaluit is the Capital