Viewing Inuit heritage in Denmark

by Derek Neary- January 25, 2018

The Kitikmeot Heritage Society arranged for a couple of Cambridge Bay elders to fly to the Danish capital of Copenhagen for three weeks to see the Inuit collection at the National Museum of Denmark in December.

Interpreter Eva Ayalik, Kitikmeot Heritage Society executive director Pam Gross, elder Bessie Omilgoetok, elder Joseph Tikhak, and Kitikmeot Heritage Society senior researcher Darren Keith pose for a photo at the National Museum of Denmark.
Pam Gross/Kitikmeot Heritage Society photos

The return trip included a stop in Toronto, where the Kitikmeot delegates went to the University of Toronto to view exhibits in the anthropology department.

Bessie Omilgoetok examines tuktu clothing from the Bathurst Inlet area while visiting the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen in December. The Kitikmeot Heritage Society organized the trip.
Cambridge Bay’s Joseph Tikhak holds explorer Knud Rasmussen’s naulaq, harpoon point, and foreshaft at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen.
Eva Ayalik, foreground, Darren Keith, left, Martin Apelt with the National Museum of Denmark, Bessie Omilgoetok and Joseph Tikhak examine a shovel, also known as a puadlrit, while in Copenhagen.
Kilhikturmiut elder Bessie Omilgoetok looks at – and through – objects from Iqaluktuuq, Wellington Bay, in Max Friesen’s Department of Anthropology lab at the University of Toronto in December.

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