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Life in the Far North
Saturday December 18 1999.
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Life in the Far North
Nick is travelling with his parents who are visiting the capital of
Here is an excerpt from his diary.
The brilliant sun is setting as we arrive shortly after 1 p.m., in the capital of
Smoke comes out of chimneys of tiny homes in the centre of a vast white landscape. Residents move around by foot, by vehicle or by Skidoo. They transport goods with husky-drawn sleighs. The snow crunches when we walk, briskly, in the -20° C weather of the eastern Artic.
We go into a warm bar and meet Jim Harris a 53-year-old “southerner” who is having a drink. He moved to
He lives the Inuit traditional way of life: hunting, fishing, and sculpting. To get through the long winter he grows hundreds pounds of potatoes and preserves hundreds of fish. He is quite happy with this simple food. He says he doesn’t miss the sophisticated food he had when he lived in the States.
He talks about the new house he is building in the forest. “It is shaped like an igloo” he says. “It has small round windows like those of submarines. It needs to be well-protected from the winter snowstorms and the freezing winds”.
He takes us out into the freezing outdoors to see the natural, spectacular show in the night sky. We don’t have our coats. We are freezing. But we don’t mind. The northern lights are more beautiful than anything you can imagine. Their beauty takes our breath away.
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