Inuit, Far North by Northeast

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In Nunavut, in the Canadian Arctic across from Baffin Land, fishing and hunting marine mammals are still vital to the Inuit people.

Following their tradition of communal life, in the Spring the families camp on the ice pack to fish for salmon under the ice and hunt seals, the basis of their diet.

The only link to the outside world is the freighter that comes only once a year and brings them everything, from prefabricated houses to fishing line.

The narwhal hunt, during the short period of the animals’ migration through the open water, is an intense time. The mythical “unicorn of the seas” and its precious helical ivory tusk brings out all the fervor of the Inuit hunters – and also all their mistrust of the white man.

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