Cherished caribou clothing featured at Toonik Tyme fashion show
While Iguptaq Autut moved around a lot, working at mining camps and other places, he stored the caribou clothing his mother made him almost 20 years ago with a friend.
“Several years ago, I settled down and he came over and said, ‘Here, you can keep these now,” said Autut, who is originally from Chesterfield Inlet.
“He took really good care of them.”
This year, Autut decided to participate in Iqaluit’s Toonik Tyme fashion show April 16.
“I wanted to show my panik, go on stage so she could see that,” said Autut. “It was more for her than anything else.”
Autut says his mother, Evelyn Tamnaruluk Autut, made all the family’s clothing.
“Caribou clothing, sealskin clothing – she made them all. It was a big family, too. When I got older, drying caribou skins kind of became my job,” he said.
Autut was very happy to be wearing the clothes his mother had made him.
“I could see the crowd was warm, for her. She did a great job, she made these. People still loved it, even after all these years. There was a moment there, I felt something,” he said.
“I was trying to focus on my daughter, but there were so many people there.”
Autut had been worried time might have damaged the clothing.
“But they’re still beautiful. I want to pass them along, maybe for my daughter.”
Let the music play
After a banner first year which saw Nunavut musicians gain unprecedented national attention, Nunavut Music Week is back for a second go April 25 to 28.
“For its second iteration, Nunavut Music Week is thrilled to welcome Tom Power, host of CBC’s q, to Iqaluit for the first time for an official NMW 2.0 kick-off event,” stated organiser Aakuluk Music, the territory’s first record label.
“The conference will also include artist development and mentorship daytime programming, and evening performances.”
The q event, which takes place Thursday night, is sold out.
Evening performances Friday and Saturday take place at the Legion, with doors opening at 9.
The line-up for Friday includes Joey Nowyuk, Aasiva, FXCKMR, and Josh Q and The Trade-Offs.
The Saturday line-up includes Lazarus and Allan Kangok, Daniel Kolola, Kelly Fraser and Riit.
Also on Saturday, Alianait presents Hannah Georgas in concert, with Iglulik’s Angela Amarualik. That concert takes place at Inuksuk High School, starting at 7:30 p.m.
High school Green Club sends out invitation
Inuksuk High School’s Green Club will host an open house Saturday, May 4 to share all the work its been doing.
The goal of the club, according to lead teacher Pascale Baillargeon, is to try to make Nunavut a better place to live.
The club’s projects include: raising rabbits, chicken and quail, phone book recycling, pop-can recycling, student research projects, and egg incubation.
The club will also be hosting a rummage and craft sale. The proceeds of this fundraising effort will go toward a spring trip to Ottawa, and cover other club costs like animal feed and materials.
The event take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
QIA on the search for board and committee members
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) has several open positions on a variety of boards and committees, and the deadline for application is fast approaching.
Seats are open with the Nunavut Trust, the Kakivak Association, the Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, Kakivak Grants and Loans Appeals Committee, the Joint Parks Management Committee for Quttinniqpaaq National Park, Sirmilik National Park and Sanikiluaq Territorial Park.
“To be considered, candidates must be actively and personally committed to represent the interest of Qikiqtani Inuit and have a sound understanding of the Nunavut Agreement as it relates to the roles and mandates of the position,” stated QIA.
All positions are three-year terms.
The deadline to apply is May 3, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.