Knives strongly associated with women

The knives are strongly associated with women and women’s traditional activities such as sewing and butchering, and are often made by men for their wives and other female relatives. Sometimes ulus are given as wedding gifts. .

(Les couteaux sont fortement associés aux femmes et à leurs activités traditionnelles comme la couture et la découpe de viande, ils sont souvent fabriqués par les hommes pour leurs femmes ou d'autres femmes de la famille. Parfois les ulus sont offerts comme cadeaux de mariage.)

- 2004. Historical Dictionary of the Inuit. Ed. Scarecrow Press


Ulu ᐅᓗ… an all-purpose knife traditionally used by Inuit, Yupik, and Aleut women.


Ulu ᐅᓗ - Un couteau polyvalent traditionnellement utilisé par les femmes inuites, yupiks et aléoutes.

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Kattajaq – who will win?

Kattajaq – who will win?

“Kattajaq ᑲᑕᔮᒃ - who will win?

Two women face each other
And engage in a thrilling game

Sounds can be heared
Traditional diphonic throat song
Among the Inuit

So goes the katajjaq
Who depending on the region can be
Lirngaaq, qiarvaaqtuq…

It will conclude
By the victory of one of the two protagonists
Who will have kept their seriousness ... or breath!”

« Kattajaq ᑲᑕᔮᒃ – qui gagnera ?

Deux femmes se font face
Et se livrent à une joute palpitante

Des sons se succèdent
Chant de gorge diphonique traditionnel
Chez les Inuits

Ainsi va le katajjaq
Qui selon les régions peut être
Lirngaaq, qiarvaaqtuq…

Il se conclura
Par la victoire de l’une des deux protagonistes
Qui aura su conserver son sérieux… ou son souffle ! »

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Using inukshuit in a variety of ways

Traditionally, the Inuit used inukshuit in a variety of ways, including to mark where caribou, fish, or seal might be located. More abstractly, they are symbols to show people that others have been in that location before; there is spirituality, hope, and goodwill with that.

(Traditionnellement, les Inuit utilisaient les inukshuit de diverse manière, y compris pour marquer l'endroit où on pouvait trouver des caribous, du poisson, ou des phoques. De façon plus abstraite, ce sont des symboles pour montrer aux gens que d'autres ont occupé cet endroit auparavant; il y a là de la spiritualité, de l'espoir, et de la bonne volonté.)

- 2008. White Lies about the Inuit. Ed. University of Toronto Press.


Stones assembled by the Inuit as a landmark, esp. for hunting - It may look like a human being (and in this case is more specifically called inunnguaq).


Assemblage de pierres dont les Inuit se servent comme repère ou épouvantail pour la chasse - Une superposition particulière le fait ressembler à un être humain (et porte plus précisément le nom d'inunnguaq).

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Paleo-Eskimos and Thule culture

Scientists confirmed that a distinct Paleo-Eskimo population with origins in eastern Siberia colonized and occupied the Eastern Arctic for nearly 5,000 years and was replaced by the Thule culture whale hunters (the immediate ancestors of the Inuit in Canada and Greenland) with little evidence of mixing between the two groups.Both of these groups appear to have different origins in Eastern Siberia.



Angakkuq ᐊᖓᑦᑯᖅ - A sort of shaman among the Inuit – Has a knowledge of the rituals and taboos, as well as the myths and tales, and is a spiritual healer.


ᐊᖓᑦᑯᖅ - Chaman chez les Inuits - Possède une connaissance des rituels et des tabous, ainsi que des mythes et des contes, un guérisseur spirituel.

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