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There is a house there – 24th June 2009

Just hit Igoolik (means “there is a house there” in inuktitut because of all the old sod houses out on the point).  It’s a really nice little town (about 1500 people) on an island at the bottom of the Fury and Hecla strait. We are here for the straight really because thats where we will find the Bowhead Whales we want to film.  The straight is filled with sea-ice just now and the whales can’t get through to their summer feeding grounds – so they gather waiting for the ice to break out.  Hopefully it will be a good time to film them.  It feels good to be back in the Arctic.  I’m here with the unflappable Liz White.  She’s off dealing with the Elders, Hunters and Trappers Association and all the other logistics.  I’m left to tinker with the gear and go for little walks through town.  There is an anticipation of Summer. The tarps are being pulled off boats and old outboard motors being fixed.  Open water is only a few weeks away.  Then they will be off to hunt seals and walrus.  I try not to think about the killing part too much but the excitement in town is palpable.

inukshuk © Liz White

inukshuk © Liz White