Things from My Life 2

Inuit Art Quarterly - - FU­TURES -

Sled dogs and an igloo; mit­tens; a game with bones that be­longed to my fa­ther; my fa­ther’s .308 gun and the knife that he al­ways car­ried; the gog­gles he made out of cari­bou antler; a whale or wal­rus ver­te­bra (this bone was only for men); my fa­ther hunt­ing in cari­bou cloth­ing; his har­poon, which he gave me and that I still have (he made it be­fore he had a girl­friend, when he was very young); this lit­tle stone that I found un­der the ground that was ac­tu­ally the blade of an ulu (woman’s knife) from long ago; a cari­bou shoul­der for scrap­ing skin; the RCMP of­fi­cer called Gor­don, who died in a boat­ing ac­ci­dent in Kin­ngait; a bird (I love birds, so I put this one here); a stretcher for mak­ing kamiik (boots); a lit­tle thim­ble; a lit­tle sewing bas­ket; an E7 disc num­ber pho­to­graph that I saw in a mag­a­zine; my fa­ther’s tool for mak­ing fish­ing nets; my lit­tle brother’s small ko­matik (sled); a plug from when we had elec­tric­ity for the first time; an old-time pen and ink set that they used to use for draw­ing; the lit­tle spoon that we used when fish­ing to scoop the snow out of the hole in the ice; a cup; my first birth cer­tifi­cate; a Jolly Jumper; a fe­male egg with male sperm; a twoheaded per­son that I saw in a pic­ture (con­joined twins); dice that we would play with; a duck’s nest where we would gather eggs; a boy and a girl at the time that they are dis­cov­er­ing that males and fe­males are dif­fer­ent; a ring for mar­riage; a spin­ning toy; my mother and fa­ther’s hand­prints; my foot­prints; a list of im­por­tant dates, such as when we went to our camp to fish in July.

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