Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society
Program and component
Creating, Knowing and Sharing, Short-Term Projects
Cambridge Bay, Nunavut
Field of practice
Making Traditional Footwear and Reviving Knowledge
Inuinnait wear specific footwear to compliment their traditional drum dance clothing, but knowledge of how to make these beautiful coverings for the feet has largely lost in some Nunavut communities. The Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society is addressing the issue.
Rediscovering traditional knowledge
The traditional soft boots commonly known as kamiks (or kamiit) are crafted from sealskin and trimmed with caribou. The Society supports workshops where Inuit artisans transfer their knowledge and skills to those who are keen to learn.
Recording the workshop to share the knowledge more widely
Opportunities for this kind of inter-community knowledge-sharing and renewal of skills are rare because many Inuinnait live in remote, fly-in communities, rendering access to these Knowledge Keepers expensive. With funding from the Canada Council, the Society plans to bring Mary Kudlak, an Inuinnait elder and artist, to lead a 10-day workshop at a cultural centre in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, along with several other elders and 10 participants. The Society will also document the workshop for future reference.