26 juillet 2014


There are different forms of snow and we have the names for all of them. For example, stiluqaq, aqilluqaq, pokak, pokaqlak, and pokanaqyuk. The best type for making an igloo is pokanaqyuk, and the best kind to melt for water is aqilluqaq.
Before our tea was made, we would eat, having the tea last.
The next morning we would get up so early that it was still dark out. Our job was to make tea for the older men when they woke us younger ones up.
excerpt from Isa Smiler's autobiography
Summer/Fall 1977


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