Winner: Jessie Kaludjak
“I had the pleasure of tagging along boating with my husband and son Peter Sr. And Jr. Kaludjak this past spring while they hunted for seals, whales and walruses. Here they stand on floating ice to scan the horizon for sea mammals.”
“ᑕᐃᓱᒪᓂ ᖁᕕᐊᓇᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓚᐅᓪᓗᖓ ᐅᒥᐊᖅᑐᖅᑐᓂ ᐊᐃᑉᐸᕋ ᐃᕐᓂᕋᓗ ᐲᑐ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᖠᖅ ᓄᑲᖅᖠᕐᓗ ᖃᓗᔾᔭᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐅᐱᖔᖑᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᓇᑦᑎᓐᓂᐊᕆᐊᖅᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᕿᓚᓗᒐᓂᒃ ᐊᕐᕕᓂᒃᓗ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒋᐊᖅᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ. ᐅᑯᐊ ᑕᕝᕙ ᓯᑯᐊᕐᒥ ᓇᖏᖅᑐᑦ ᑖᕗᖓ ᐊᕙᑎᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᕿᖑᒥᒐᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐆᒪᔪᖅᓯᐅᖅᖢᑎᒃ.”
“I almost didn’t see this monster running beside me, with many men competing for the last tag for the season. 🙂
“It was way back in 2009 when us many men were at Button Point, each challenging for the last bear tag. We were always trying to be first to get to hunting grounds with more chance of catching a bear. One day I said to myself and went last instead, after about half an hour into our hunt I was speeding away as it was soo flat, I saw something running on the corner of my eye and saw it running away. Got lucky.”
“ᐅᓇ ᑕᑯᖏᑲᓴᓚᐅᖅᑕᕋ ᑲᑉᐱᐊᓇᖅᑐᐊᓗᒃ ᑐᓄᓐᓂᑦ ᐱᔪᖅ ᓱᓇᐅᕙ ᐅᓪᓚᖃᑎᒐ, ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑏᑦ ᓇᓐᓄᒍᓐᓇᐅᑏᑦ ᓂᕕᖓᑖᓂᒃ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᖕᓇᕐᕕᒃ ᐃᓱᓕᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ.
“ᑕᐃᓱᒪᓂᐅᑎᓪᓗᒍ 2009-ᒥ ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᐊᖑᑏᑦ ᑐᐊᕕᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᓴᓐᓂᕈᑎᐅᑉ ᓄᕗᐊᓄᑦ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒋᐊᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᖕᒪᑕ ᐊᑐᓂ ᐊᑭᒪᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥᒃ ᓇᓐᓄᕈᓐᓇᐅᑎᐅᑉ ᓂᕕᖓᑕᓂᒃ ᐊᒥᐊᒃᑰᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᖅᖢᑕ. ᑕᒪᐃᑕᓕᒫᖅ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑏᑦ ᑕᐅᓄᖓ ᓯᓇᖓᓄᑦ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒋᐊᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ ᓇᓐᓄᖄᕋᓱᐊᖅᖢᑕ ᐊᓱᐃᓛᒃ ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᖑᓪᓗᖔᓯᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᖓ ᑖᕙᓃᓕᖅᖢᖓ ᐃᒻᒪᖄ ᐃᑲᕐᕋᐅᑉ ᓇᑉᐸᖓᓂᒃ ᕿᓂᐅᔭᖅᑐᖓ ᓱᒃᑲᓴᖅᖢᖓ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᓯᑯ ᒪᓂᕋᑦᑎᐊᕙᐅᖕᒪᑦ, ᐊᐅᓚᔪᒥᒃ ᑕᑯᒐᒪ ᐃᔨᒪ ᑐᓄᐊᓂ ᕿᒫᔪᖅ ᐸᖓᓕᒃᖢᓂ. ᐃᓱᒪᓴᐅᑎᒋᓪᓗᖓ ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᑦ ᐱᕗᖓ.”
“This was 2017 May when I caught my first natsiaviniq.
“It was a fine spring day and we decided to go seal hunting in Rankin Inlet and there was only me, my dad, and my brother-in-law, and I was waiting at a hole for about half an hour and the water started moving so I got ready with my harpoon. When it got up (puik) I took a throw (kappik) and pulled it up. And my dad was about 50 feet away from me at another hole and my brother was about 70 feet away from me at another hole. After I caught my first seal in my life after so many years of trying, about 5 minutes later my brother-in-law caught the mother of my natsiavini and made mitts out of the seal skin (qisik).”
“ᐅᓇ 2017ᒥ ᒪᐃᖑᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓇᑦᓯᐊᕕᓂᕆᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᖓ.
“ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᓯᓚᑦᑎᐊᕚᓘᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐊᓯᕙᕈᒥᓇᖅᓯᓚᐅᕐᒪᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᓇᑦᑎᓐᓂᐊᕆᐊᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᐅᕙᖓ, ᐊᑖᑕᒐᓗ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓂᖓᐅᖅᐳᑦ, ᐊᓱᐃᓛᒃ ᑖᕙᓂ ᐊᒡᓗᒦᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᖓ ᐃᑲᕐᕋᐅᑉ ᓇᑉᐸᖓᓂᒃ ᐅᑕᖅᑭᓲᔭᖅᑐᖓ ᐃᒪᖅ ᐊᒡᓗᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᕐᒪᑦ ᐊᓱᐃᓛᒃ ᐸᕐᓇᓕᖅᑐᖓ ᐅᓈᖅ ᑎᒍᓪᓗᒍ. ᓇᖏᖅᖠᓪᓗᖓ ᑲᐱᒋᐊᖅᑕᕋ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓱᒋᐊᓕᖅᖢᒍᓗ. ᐊᑖᑕᒐ ᐃᒻᒪᖄ 50-ᕖᑦᒥ ᐅᖓᓯᖕᓂᖃᖅᑐᒥᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐊᒡᓗᒦᒻᒪᑦ ᓂᖓᐅᒐᓗ 70-ᕖᑦᓗᐊᒥ ᐅᖓᓯᖕᓂᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐆᑦᑐᓯᐅᖅᑐᖅ. ᐊᓱᐃᓛᒃ ᓇᑦᑎᕆᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᖓ ᐊᑯᓂ ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ ᐆᒃᑐᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᖢᖓ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑭᖑᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᐃᒻᒪᖄ 5-ᒥᓂᓯ ᓇᖏᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓱᓕ ᓂᖓᐅᕗᑦ ᓇᑦᑎᓚᐅᕐᒥᔪᖅ ᐊᓈᓇᖓᓂᒃ ᐅᕙᖓ ᓇᑦᑎᐊᕕᓂᖅᑎᓪᓗᖓ ᑕᕝᕙ ᐳᐊᓗᓕᐅᕈᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖓ ᕿᓯᖓᓂᑦ.”
“This was in Arviat, Nunavut. Was awesome day for young Hunter Curley, by his grandma. First muskox of his life. Teaching young kids how to skin and hunt in Nunavut.
“Hunter Curley is 12 years old now and my wife Regalee Curley, we went out muskox hunting. He shot this in Arviat when he was 10. We were out for a week and three days, northwest of Arviat, 130 miles from home. Lots of muskox out here. And we hunt any amount we want. We planning out this spring again. Maybe with more kids with us. We were living of meat from catch. And enjoyed it that time.”
“ᐅᓇ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ, ᓄᓇᕗᑦ. ᓯᓚᑦᑎᐊᕚᓘᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᑖᓱᒧᖓ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑑᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑎᒧᑦ, ᐊᓈᓇᑦᑎᐊᓂ ᐱᖃᑎᒋᓪᓗᓂᐅᒃ. ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥᒃ ᐅᒥᖕᒪᒋᐅᖅᑐᕕᓂᖅ. ᐃᓕᓴᐃᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓄᑲᖅᖠᓂᒃ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐱᓚᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᕙᖕᒪᖔᑕ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒍᓯᕐᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᕕᒃᒥ.
“ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑎ ᑰᓕ ᒫᓐᓇ 12-ᓂᒃ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᖃᖅᓕᖅᑐᖅ ᐱᖃᑎᒋᓪᓗᓂᐅᑦ ᐊᐃᑉᐸᕋ ᕋᐃᒋᓕ ᑰᓕ, ᑕᐃᓱᒪᓂ ᐅᒥᖕᒪᓂᒃ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒋᐊᖅᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᑕ. ᐅᓇ ᖁᑭᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔭᕋ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ ᖁᓕᓂᒃ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᖃᖅᑎᓪᓗᖓ. ᐊᓯᕙᖅᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᑕ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᓕᒫᒥᒃ ᐅᓪᓗᓂᒃᓗ ᐱᖓᓱᓂᒃ ᐅᖓᓯᖕᓂᓕᖕᒥ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑉ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖔᖓᓂ, 130-ᒪᐃᓪᔅᓂᒃ ᐅᖓᓯᖕᓂᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᑕᖕᒫᖅᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᑕ. ᐊᒥᓱᐊᓗᖕᓂᒃ ᐅᒥᖕᒪᓂᒃ ᑕᑯᓚᐅᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᑖᕙᓂ. ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒍᓐᓇᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᖅᓱᕐᓗᑕ. ᑕᐃᒪ ᐅᐱᕐᖓᖅᐸᑦ ᑖᕗᖓᐅᓂᐊᕐᒥᒍᑦ ᐃᒻᒪᖄ ᐅᓄᕐᓂᖅᓴᓂᒃ ᓄᑕᕋᒋᕐᓗᑕ. ᐃᓅᔪᑎᖃᖅᖢᑕ ᐊᖑᓇᓱᒃᑕᑦᑎᓐᓂᑦ ᑖᕙᓃᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᒍᑦ. ᖁᕕᐊᓇᑦᑎᐊᒥᐊᖅᑐᖅ.”