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Heritage and Family Tree Projects

Family Tree – With support from CLEY, Clyde River elders worked with Ilisaqsivik to initiate a Family Tree program that would trace the history of Clyde River families through documenting family trees and developing family land use maps.  In the first phase of this project (2008 – 2009), Ilisaqsivik staff members took photographs of the majority of community members and, in consultation with elders, completed the family tree of the Piungituq family, one of the larger families in Clyde River.  We held workshops in which elders created map biographies that documented the areas where their families had lived, hunted, and camped in the past.  In the next phase of the project, elders would like to complete the family trees and map biographies, and work to archive and digitize the collection.  Additionally, we plan to create a professional display of the collected material to exhibit at the Ittaq Cultural Heritage Centre.

Cultural Heritage Collection – Supported by a grant from New Horizons for Seniors, in 2010 – 2011, Clyde River elders initiated a project to collect and archive materials donated by individuals, families, and community institutions for the new Ittaq Cultural Heritage Centre.  Elders oversaw the collection process and helped identify and explain the significance of various objects, such as traditional tools and sewing implements.  They also led workshops with school children and youth to involve them in the collection and inventory process, giving them the chance to learn directly from elders about local heritage and traditional knowledge.  Once the collection has been completed, the artifacts will be prepared for a special exhibit at the Ittaq Cultural Heritage Centre, with an opening reception that the entire community will be invited to attend.

Elders also hope to extend the heritage collection and display in the future by preparing an entire set of handmade skin clothes to showcase the local clothing styles and materials used.  They also plan to make a qamutiq (traditional sled) and dog harness for display in the Centre.

Ittaq and Ilisaqsivik hope to support their efforts through the purchase of special archiving materials and display cases that will keep the heritage collections secure for future generations to enjoy.  Please contact us if you would like to support our heritage efforts!