FC: Qagruk 2010
1: Preparing Mikiguq for Qagruk (whaling feast)
2: The delicious delicacy is started about 7 days before the feast and is stirred every day 2-3 times a day.
4: The fat of the caribou is cleaned. This time we didn't have enough caribou fat so we used tallow (cow fat)
5: Akutuq (Eskimo ice cream) is prepared the day before the feast. It is made with caribou fat as the main source. There are two different types we make, caribou meat and berries.
6: We must stir the fat until it fluffs up.
7: Akutuq (Eskimo ice cream) with salmon berries and black berries
8: The first day we meet south of our qalgi. The first day of Qagruk is the day first the boats have gone on land since they launched. When the crews aren't whaling they leave the boats on the ice. | Here the men of the crew set up the site for the first day.
9: In Point Hope there are two Qalgi's (clans) Qagmaqtuq and Unasiksiiqaak. We are on the Unasiksiiqaak clan
10: Mikiguq (fermented whale meat and muktuk. | Going over how we will pass out the cake and mikiguq.
11: Before we begin the captain of the successful whaling crew will say a word to the people. If there were more than one successful whaling crew each captain will go up and say a word.
12: Photo on the left Jacob and Della Lane, whaling captain and wife of the successful crew. Photo below Ben, Claudia and Rebecca Lane | I sewed my families parkas together, my mother -in-lawDella cut them out. I made the qupaks (designs) of my in-laws parkas, and my mother-in-law sewed the parkas together.
13: The second day begins with words from the successful whaling captain and wife and words from the reverend and a prayer.
14: Women of the crew pass out more mikiguq to the community.
15: Bottom photo people of the community patiently waiting, Photo to the right Rebecca and her friend Sylvia
16: The men of the crew cut the whales tail for the whaling captain and wife to pass out to the community
17: The whaling captain and his wife passes out the flippers by calling members of the community. In the photo above they call their sons, the two that harpooned the whale.
18: The entire community goes to the Qagmaqtuuq side for the passing of their whales tail. Once again we open with words from the succsessful whaling captain (Molly Oktollik below) and the reverends.
19: Photo above whalling captain Molly Oktollik says a word. Photo to right Jacob Lane entertains himself
20: The third day starts at six in the morning with the women cooking. Cooking goes on all morning until the late afternoon.
22: Cooking is done on the fire or through camp stoves | Whaling captain Jacob Lane and his wife Della Lane
23: The men waiting patiently for some food.
24: There are foot races for the children. After the children they have a race for men and women. They run to the site of the other Qalgi and back.
26: The successful whaling crew starts of the nalukataq (blanket toss).
27: The whaling captains wife throws skins for the elder woman.
28: Woman who had boys through the year throw candy, material, and skins for the elder woman. It is believed doing so the son will have good fortune in hunting.
30: The successful crew finishes the outdoor activities with a few Eskimo dances.
31: Qagruk (whaling feast) is finished off with Eskimo dancing at the local gym, and muktuk and whale meat is served at the end.