Alongside the personal stories I’ve found in the Inuit collection at the museum was information on hunting techniques used by Inuit people. One intriguing to me was the use of a pile of rocks – or ‘Inukshuks’. Built by men in almost totem pole style to imitate figures, the ‘Inuksuit’ (name given for the plural) were used as points of reference to other people in the community – to point out the safest travel path, a danger ahead, a memorial of a loved one or as a successful hunting / fishing areas, or the opposite as a decoy tactics for trapping Caribou and hunting them down. I would be undoubtedly be confused to understand which meant what!
I’ve also been drawing a few animals to help me get inspired about what an Inuit community might encounter regularly, and that I’m pretty sure local people in Nuneaton and Warwickshire would not have seen as they walked to work or school! You can see some of my animal illustrations on my blog. And here’s another small illustration of Baffin Island ready for all you visitors! I’ve provided this to the museum’s Graphic Design team. They will turn this into an activity sheet so that you can tell us what you think life will be like to live on Baffin Island: