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Qulliq

Iqaluit's Adult Basic Education class: Billy Tikivik, Jesse Flaherty & Vicky Kooneeloosie along with Inuit Experts - Lootie Pijamini & elder Leetia Tikivik. Photo: Saa Pitsiulak Iqaluit's Adult Basic Education class: Billy Tikivik, Jesse Flaherty & Vicky Kooneeloosie along with Inuit Experts - Lootie Pijamini & elder Leetia Tikivik. Photo: Saa Pitsiulak

The Adult Basic Education class in Iqaluit learned about the qulliq this fall. Lootie Pijamini taught them to carve using soapstone. He is originally from Grise Fiord.

They made a qulliq-oil lamp and an ukkusik-cooking pot.

The students also made an innisa-a drying rack in the classroom. This is a newer model, smaller and square. They made this all by hand.

I also helped Vicky make the marnguut- plant\wick container, while the guys were carving.

The class then learned how seal fat is made into oil, from elder Leetia Tikivik. She taught us how to make the wick for the qulliq, how to light it, and put the fire out.

The Qulliq- it’s make, uses and maintenance were learned this fall.

We are grateful to Lootie and Leetia for teaching us.

We learned so many new things from them.

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