Living in the Narrows

  • Author: Tracey Doherty, Inuit Bachelor of Education program, Faculty of Education, Labrador Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Rigolet, Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Themes: Reconciliation, Youth Engagement, Environment
  • Division: K-Grade 5, Grades 6-8
  • Available in: English
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“Living in the Narrows – Mapping our Kinship with Land, Water, and Ice” will be our year-long theme in the Grade 5/6 classroom. The class will plan for and go on a winter Aullak (on the land excursion) and a summer Aullak to Eskimo Island, a small island in Hamilton Inlet tucked into the west of Henrietta Island, the entirety of which is an archeological site. It is the winter home of our ancestors circa 1600 to 1900.

In preparation, we will study a 1999 World Archaeology paper by anthropologist James M. Woollett, entitled Living in the Narrows: Subsistence Economy and Culture Change in Labrador Inuit Society During the Contact Period, in which Eskimo Island is featured. Also, we will use the 2013 paper published in The Canadian Field- Naturalist of local scientist, Keith G. Chaulk (along with Daniel Michelin, Melva Williams, and Tony Wolfrey), entitled Community-Based Observations of Marine Mammal Occurrences in Groswater Bay, Labrador, to explore our understanding of current environmental, animal, and human relationships. Dr. Chaulk collaborated with a team of local knowledge keepers in his study.

This class is going to map their findings on large mylar sheet layers which will fit over a 6’ x 6’ map the class has created of “The Narrows” outside of Rigolet, Labrador.