Inuit Traditions

In the Labrador Inuit Territory of Nunatsiavut, most residents are Aboriginals whose ancestors hunted and fished there for thousands of years, following the caribou herds.  In Rigolet, the southern most Inuit community in the world, a long and prosperous history of fur trapping and fishing abounds.  Learn the unique tradition of weaving crafts made from special grass grown locally – the community holds steadfast to this unique art.  Or visit the community of Postville – named so because it was originally a traditional trading post. You will be awestruck by the quaint smoking houses scattered across the shoreline.  Or maybe your cruise will stop in Nain where you’ll hear the stories of world-famous carvers like Gilbert Hay and join them on a walk around town.  Established in 1771 by Moravian Missionaries, Nain is the northernmost community in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Most of the residents are Inuit, whose ancestors have lived in the area for 7000 years. The Inuit practice a traditional lifestyle that is virtually unchanged from that of their ancestors. It is here that you can purchase magnificent soapstone carvings and traditional artwork. Hunting and fishing still form the basic economy as evidenced by the lines of drying artic char and trout, or by bear, seal, and caribou skins tacked to the sides of buildings or stretched on frames to dry.

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