Classroom Activities & Projects
Activity 1, Tapestry of Life - The Order of the Day Resource
Sequence of steps in tapestry by Mina Napartuk
(Based on translation of the Inuit syllabics on the tapestry)
- Going hunting:
Father says to his son: "Come little son, well take the puppy and go hunting".
Father stands over the breathing hole with his harpoon poised, waiting for the seal to come up for air.
- Seal caught:
Father hauls out a square flipper seal that he has successfully harpooned.
- Helping to pull:
The boy and his dog are excited about the catch. Father says "Son, help me pull! Now we will have plenty to eat!"
- Going home:
They haul the seal home. The boy says "Oh father, my dog and I will be happy to eat!"
Mother scrapes the skin and stretches it on a frame as the daughter tends her baby brother.
Mother sews the sealskin kamiks outside the tent because it is too dark inside.
- Finished kamiks:
The kamiks are finished and Mother is happy.