Inuit of Rigolet pt. 2

Waziya wicastapi kin itokaga tipi Rigolet ed (pt. 2)

Episode 13 Synopsis

In this final episode, the Wild Archaeology team returns to the Inuit excavation site at Double Mer in Rigolet, where both Jen and Jacob make very special discoveries. A field lab set up in the town’s fishing loft reveals surprising information about material goods traded from European explorers in the 18th Century. Later, it’s off to Memorial University in St. John’s where Dr. Lisa Rankin reveals some the site’s most impressive finds. And then Dr. Rudy, Jen and Jacob take a moment to reflect back on their remarkable cross-country adventure.

Waziya wicastapi kin itokaga tipi Rigolet ed (pt. 2)

Ehaka owanyakapi kin ed, makoce owaunspe wicastapi kin waziya oyate (inuit)makoce pabdubdupi hed Jen, Jacob napin taku waste iyeyapi. Otonwe cokaya hed hogan tipi wan hed wasicu kci watani q’a mazaska hed ic’ipa waecunpi. 1800’s wahecedaked. Hehan, Memorial University, St. John’s ed Dr. Lisa Rankin takunkun wicapazo. Dr. Rudy, Jacob Jen kci wicohan icupi kin iyohpiya iwohdakapi. Unci makoce ataya unpi kin he stedapi. Wicohan ota icunpi.

Flintlock Muskets

Inyan Kpankpan Mazakan

One of the most sought after items in trade with the Europeans was guns for hunting. The height of early gun technology was the “flintlock” – a simple and very reliable mechanism for igniting gunpowder to shoot a musket ball. This is why they find diagnostic samples of flint at the Double Mer excavation. | Wicasta pi mini tanka akasam hetanhan pi hena mazakan opetunpi cin pi.  Mazakan wan he tohanyasta wicasta pi kin kuwa pi.  He tapa wan unpi wakute waste heca.  Double Mer Makoce kin hed tapa kin hena nina ota iyeyapi.

Of Bone, Stone and Iron
Huhu kin, Inyan kin q’a maza kin iyahna etanhan

Recycling old materials and giving them new life is a hallmark of the early people of Canada who met scarcity and adversity with ingenuity and innovation. At Rigolet we see this across a wide range of tools and implements at a time of great change. The ability to maintain the old ways yet incorporate new materials into their culture is a process the Inuit have exploited to their advantage and will continue to enable the future of the community.

Ikce wicastapi kin hena takun iyeyapi kin tokedked hehan toked iyohpiya inyan, huhu, kin, maza kin hena unpi kin ed wayakapi. Rigolet etanhan taku iyopiya ed etunwan wayakapi ye. Waziyata wicastapi kin hena taku owas unpi kin tokedked unpte ed icunpi.


“Jen and Jacob are discovering how to fit the context of their finds into the broader site.”

“Jen Jacob kici makoce otanka hed taku ota iyeya pi cinka pi.”

Soapstone Lamp

Petijanjan wapajaja Inyan

Living through a long, dark winter in a semi-underground house, you can guess what the most important requirement in the Inuit home was – light and heat. The soapstone lamp is an impressive object that was fueled by whale or seal oil. The wick was like a piece of rope laid along the center line to cast a ghostly, shifting light. Extremely valuable and highly prized, soapstone lamps were passed down from generation to generation and carried the stories of the elders.|

Ikce wicastapi kin hena petijanjan q’a cetipi kin hena tehindapi. Waniyetu ataya tipi kin hed unpin naka hena tehindapi. Wamanica wihdi unpi. Heceun wamanicapi kin hena ihuniya waokepi. Wikan unpi kin hena wanagi hed unpi kin se ecece. Petijanjanpi kin hena kanpi kin nina tehindapi. Ehana etanhan hecunpi.

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