Qa­jar­ta­lik, Nu­navik, Que­bec

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SIG­NIF­I­CANCE This Arc­tic site in­cludes ap­prox­i­mately 180 pet­ro­glyphs that are en­graved on steatite rocks and rep­re­sent a graph­i­cal telling of the spir­i­tual world of the Dorset peo­ple, who lived along the coasts of Nu­navik some 2,200-1,000 years ago and dis­ap­peared be­fore the ar­rival of Thule Inuit, ap­prox­i­mately 800 years ago. SIZE 130 me­tres long LO­CA­TION On Nu­navik’s Qik­er­taaluk Is­land, about 15 kilo­me­tres south­east of Kangiq­su­juaq

CUR­RENT OF­FI­CIAL PRO­TEC­TION None. The Avataq Cul­tural In­sti­tute is part of a study work­ing on pro­tec­tion of the Qa­jar­ta­lik pet­ro­glyph site. RAR­ITY FAC­TOR Qa­jar­ta­lik pro­vides a new per­spec­tive on a miss­ing cul­tural tra­di­tion of the Dorset peo­ple, and is the most northerly rock site of its kind in North Amer­ica. Fa­teema Sayani (@fa­teemasayani) is the manag­ing ed­i­tor at Fu­ture of Good and writes reg­u­larly for Cana­dian Geo­graphic, Cana­dian Geo­graphic Travel and Ot­tawa Mag­a­zine.

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