Source: Canadian Heritage. Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Summary: This exhibit is part of the “Journey With Nuligak” on-line learning program prepared by the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre.
“Journey With Nuligak” is inspired by the real life experiences of Nuligak (Bob Cockney), an Inuvialuk who lived in the western Canadian Arctic from about 1895 until his death in 1966. Nuligak was one of the first Inuvialuit who learned how to read and write. His autobiography, “I, Nuligak”, published in 1965, is an invaluable source of information on traditional Inuvialuit life.
The Kuukpangmiut were one of several groups of people whose descendants are the Inuvialuit of the western Canadian Arctic. They emerge from the mists of time in stories told by Inuvialuit elders, such as Nuligak.
Kuukpangmiut means People of ‘Kuukpak’, or ‘Great River’, the Inuvialuit name for the Mackenzie River. Kuukpak also was the name of a Kuukpangmiut village.