Inuit of Rigolet pt. 1

WaziyaIkce Wicastapi OyateItokaga

At Home On the Atlantic Coast

Wioanpata Mni Tanka etanhan

Episode 12 Synopsis

Rudy, Jen and Jacob embark on an ocean-going ferry to join Lisa Rankin on the Atlantic coast of Labrador at the Double Mer archaeological site near the tiny hamlet of Rigolet, the most southern Inuit occupation in the world. As the team helps to excavate an 18th century sod house—their first post-contact site—they learn the ways in which the local culture blended traditional Inuit technology with European trade commodities.

WaziyaIkce Wicastapi OyateItokaga

Rudy, jacob, Jen kciwitayawataohnamnitankahetkiyayapi. Mnitankaomacetahan(Altlantic), Labrador edipi. OtunwewanjiRigoleted Double MerMakocehedwihnipi. Hed can tipi wan 1800’skagapi. Hedoyate kin tokedkednipi kin henaiwanyakapi. Nakuntokedkedwasicumniakasamhipihenakciwopetunskanpi. Ikcewicastapi kin henaninaksapapi.

Dr. Lisa Rankin

Professor, Head of the Department of Archaeology at Memorial University Newfoundland (M.U.N.)

Dr. Lisa Rankin is interested in the long Aboriginal history on the Labrador coast, the expansion of the Inuit into southern Labrador, and their interactions with European explorers, fishers and whalers in the region in the early modern era.

Dr. Lisa Rankin

Wayawa Wicakiya MUN Makoce Owaunspe Itancan pi

Dehan hohapsica wicasta pi qa wamanica mini tanka etanhan, Dr. Lisa Rankin Ikce Wicasta ehana nin pi kin ed unspeiciciya. Mini Tanka akasam tuwewe kici wohdaka pi.

Rigolet's Extreme Boardwalk

Can Akan Omani Pi Rigolet’s

Rigolet's Inuit Craft Shop

Mazopiya Rigolet’s Inuit

Sod Houses of the Southern Inuit

Waziya Wicastapi kin hena Otipi kin

The houses of the Southern Inuit in Rigolet are similar in many ways to those we saw in Tuktoyaktuk in Episode 5. They were built by digging into the ground for insulation with wooden frames forming a roof, which was then covered by caribou skins. Sod was placed on top to keep everything in place and add more insulation. A low tunnel entrance trapped warmer air inside the higher, central communal area, and raised benches surrounded this for work and sleep.

Tipi hena waunyakapi kin hena dena Itokaga waziyata wicastapi kin nina tokcepi sni. Maka unhna k`api hehan can pasdad patab henan tahca taha un akahpepi. Wakantu hena maka pezi icahi akahpa ehnakapi. Kutukiya heciya tiopa kagapi hehan he tiwahe hed iyohpiya tipi.


“At this site you can see the amalgamation of a very old style of life and the modern world.”

“Dedutah ehana wiconi otipi ded wanyaka pi waste.”

Rigolet NetLoft

Lisa Rankin’s team takes great care to connect with the community that hosts their research, and so it is fitting that they locate their “out-of-the-field” work within the Rigolet NetLoft. Traditionally, the fishing crews would store their nets in this communal building, and so it was a focus of sharing. Today, the NetLoft is an open museum of the archaeology in progress, where finds are recorded, processed and at the same time available to visitors to learn about.

Dakota Placeholder

Wicohan icunpi kin hena Lisa Rankin kci skanpi kin hena iyohpiya omniciye hed yuhapi. Wahokuwapi kin hena waunsic’idapi kin tipi wan hed tokkedked hogan yuha yukapapi kin hnakapi. Dehan, titokan hipi kin hena owanunspe wayakapi kte hena kanyan yanke. Tani otipi taku ota wayakapi waste.

Trade with Europeans

Wasicupi Mni Akasam Hipi kin kicic`upi kin hena

Amid the many domestic artifacts recovered from the Double Mer sod houses, we also find metal insignia from the headgear of European soldiers. Called a “Shako Plate”, these decorative metal reliefs are a rich and interesting piece of evidence that provides very specific information but also raises questions. Why would they appear in an Inuit house and how were they being reused after trade with local military personnel?

Double Mer Otipi kin hena etanhan toked tipi kin takun ota iyeyapi. Akicita wicastapi kin wapaha unpi kin hena nakun iyeyapi. Maza nakun ota iyeyapi ye. Wiwaunge taku ota iwohdakapi nakun. Shako waksice kin hena iwohdakapi. Tokedked hena Waziyata tipi ed iyeyapi hen?

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