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Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Opening Exhibit of Pihuaqtiuyugut: We Are the Long Distance Walkers

Museum Alive! Open House

YELLOWKNIFE (September 19, 2008) – Please join the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) on September 21st from 2:00 to 4:00 pm for the opening of its latest exhibit, Pihuaqtiuyugut: We are the long distance walkers. The exhibit will be on display at the PWNHC from September 21 to the end of February 2009.This exhibit comes from the Ulukhaktok Literacies Project, a collaboration of the NWT Literacy Council, the University of Lethbridge, the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre, and the people of Ulukhaktok. These groups joined together to learn about the land routes and literacies of the Kangiryuarmiut (the Inuit of Prince Albert Sound, Victoria Island). The land route studied was used by the Kangiryuarmiut to travel from the sea ice inland to caribou calving grounds. Along the way, the people used multiple literacies: they marked the land with stone formations; they read the weather; they told stories; performed dances and songs; and created clothing and art.

“I’ve always been really excited about this project because I’ve learned so much from it,” said Emily Kudlak, community researcher for the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre. “We’ve been able to document the knowledge that our Elders hold about our language, and the literacies that go along with our language and culture. It helps us to understand our own literacies. This is important information that we can now pass on to the next generation.”

“This exhibit is a great opportunity for people to retrace the footsteps of our elders and experience life as they did,” said Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. “I encourage residents to come and see this important cultural display.”

Visitors can follow the route and learn traditional names of places along the way, or read elders’ recollections of traditional activities. Artwork from Ulukhaktok depicting the region, and traditional tools and cultural materials will be on display. Traditional drum dance clothing is on loan from the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Come out to the PWNHC on September 21st between 2:00 and 4:00 pm for the opening event for Pihuaqtiuyugut: We are the long distance walkers. The event will feature live drum songs, and interactive activities like string games, printmaking, and sewing felt cut-outs with artists from the region. Refreshments will be available.

For more information, please contact:

Shawn McCann
Manager of Public Affairs
Education, Culture and Employment
(867) 920-6222