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Tapaniku's Vault

Colleen Lucas

I always looked forward to teaching my Inuit unit at French Creek. It was always so rewarding to watch the creativity and ingenuity of the students as they created komatiks and igluvigaks from recycled and found objects. If we were lucky enough to have snow we’d head outside to construct inukshuks and act out the traditional caribou hunt. Who could forget the fun of snow shoeing and cross-country skiing at Mount Washington? Our day up there wasn’t complete without tubing down the hills. But the highlight was always our visit from Tapaniku and taking part in the solemn rituals of the seal hunt and the sharing of the much dreaded sea liver!