Monday, May 28, 2007

The blog continues...after the jump!


Well, it seems I have exhausted the free hosting offered by blogger...so I am jumping to another blogger site and starting again!

This blog will stay up, but --- as nosey is clearly showing here --- the new address will be www.bootgrille.blogspot.com

See you there!

Speaking of Paulatuk..

Talk about culture clash!

This strange video on Youtube shows the Paulatuk Moonlight Drum Dancers doing their traditional motions in their parkas.

However, the filmmaker dubbed over the sound with a rap tune, which may or may not feature Del Tha Funky Homosapien.

Strange, no?

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Back from Paulatuk!



I have returned from a day trip to Paulatuk (pop.300) which is a remote community in the Beaufort Delta.

Watch for many more pictures, coming soon! (I have reached my limit for pictures on Blogger afyer 300+ posts, so I will have to switch, perhaps creating a "boot grille 2")

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Wierd building, at 2am


I was walking around at 2am (24/hour sunlight will do that to you) and took this picture. It's not very interesting per se, but it's prety cool to see the sky at that hour. You'd think it was 2pm.

Dissapearing languages

This flyer is also from the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre. Can you imagine? Worldwide, only 450 fluent speakers of Inuvialuktun?

Inuvik's video store

We might not have a movie theatre, but we have this place...

Hooks and barbs



These antler and bone fishing tools are displayed in Inuvik's Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre.

It's a mini museum and library which preserves traditional culture, and should definitely be visited by anyone coming through Inuvik.

Look at the ages listed on the bone hooks! It's uncanny!

Also interesting is the inclusion of a "labret piercing," to be worn through a man's cheek.

Inuvik's great lakes


Spring is here, which means the snow is melting!

Unfortunately, it appears to be forming giant puddles. It's a good thing homes are on stilts., which prevent the permafrost from melting during the winter.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

A view from above (really, really above)

Here's the Google Earth picture of Inuvik. The airport is down at the lower right, and the ice road to Tuktoyaktuk and Aklavik is the river, driving upper left.

Bird on a utilidor


These metal undulations belong to Inuvik's utilidor system; a pretty ubiquitous presence.

Paulatuk has one page in the phone book

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Now that's convenience


Living in a small town means everything is close!

Journey to the top of Igloo Church


This is the inside of Inuvik's famous Our Lady of Victory Church, built in 1959 by Francophone masons.

Rev.Matthew Ihuoma allowed me to climb the stairs and photograph the city from above, which was a really unique experience.

Notice: It's an old barrel with a hole cut out


The master of ceremonies adds wood to a stove in Tuktoyaktuk, during the recent Beluga Whale jamboree.

Pretty smart use of scrap metal, if you ask me!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Yeah, it's May..




Here are some views from late (very late, 2am) Saturday. It's still winter here!

Friday, May 11, 2007

This thing is picking up speed!

The hit counter now registers 2000 visits in two months. Thanks to all readers!
(Photo taken in Fort McPherson during Peel River Jamboree.)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Lock up your bikes


Fun fact: Inuvik's bylaw officer has a shed without about 40 confiscated bikes, which are waiting to be claimed.

Safe to say, bikes are stolen frequently.

That's wolverine fur!

Baby in McPherson with sunglasses, wearing fur trim.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

U of T(uktoyaktuk)


Here's a pretty common shirt around town: University of Tuktoyaktuk.

The phone lines are busy in Inuvik


These little white birds are everywhere. They travel by the hundreds, and pick through the freshly exposed ground, since the snow is melting.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Traditional art gets no respect



"I get no respect --- no esteem, either. I went to the doctor, he told me I was in excellent shape for a beluga whale."

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Rollin' through town

Oh, exaggerated rims. They are everywhere now, including Inuvik.

Hello from Tuktoyaktuk

A view from downtown


You know it's springtime when kids appear on bikes.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I have never been here. Maybe I'm missing something good.

This is apparently a functional eatery in town. Kind of mysterious looking..

The town pipelines

With the snow receding, we can once again see the town Utilidors.

That nebulous shape you're seeing is a headless caribou, floating in water


What a sad display! Caribou is so threatened right now, it's illegal to sell it at jamborees and community feasts, yet someone threw out the entire animal.

Did they just want the antlers?

Northern lights decoration

This fabric installation is quite successful in evoking the northern lights. It was seen at the Aurora College graduation ceremony which happened last week.

Wind power in the north

The Aurora Research institute in Inuvik has a wind turbine, which is pretty cool.
Plans are underway to install turbines elsewhere in the north: Use what you have, right?