Building iglus in Taloyoak

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The Hamlet of Taloyoak held a week-long iglu-building program in March.

Andy Aklah, Tommy Aiyout and Abel Aqqaq participate in an iglu-building program in Taloyoak in March. photo courtesy of the Hamlet of Taloyoak

Abel Aqqaq, Tommy Aiyout and Abraham Uquqtunnuaq were the instructors who taught seven participants how to piece together an iglu.

“Overall, the community loves the annual iglu building in the community,” said Mary Ugyuk, Taloyoak’s community wellness coordinator, who added that the Department of Health provided funding for the program.

Teachers from Netsilik School brought students to the site daily to observe the iglu building in progress for up to a couple of hours a day, Ugyuk said.

“Abel Aqqaq said there was lots a kids coming to see every day except the last day – they had to discontinue due to respect of an elder passing,” she stated.