Barry Nelson fonds, NWT Archives, N-1987-005-0014.

Dog with packs

Dog with packs.

Inuit dogs assisted the family in every season and facilitated transport between camps. Having the use of dogs is the key factor that allowed Inuit to be successful over other groups that occupied the Arctic, but either dies out or were assimilated.

Donald Uluadluak’s grandmother was carrying packs and dropped the teapot. The dog picked it up in his teeth and carried it to the new camp. Another time his grandfather was not going to make it back to camp by nightfall. He tied a pouch with food onto the dog and sent the dog on ahead to his family.

When relocating to a new camp, dogs were invaluable in transporting heavy packs.