Inuvik's 50th Anniversary!
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And cold it is! No sooner than I said we were hot, a front blew through, and it has been in the 50â€™s today and yesterday. It is also overcast and a bit rainy, but it didnâ€™t dampen spirits any. We registered and got nametags (and our names went into the time capsule that was buried today), enjoyed the ceremony where the leaders of the area and legislative representatives and even our friend from the Visitorâ€™s Center south of here spoke.
At the ceremony, we sat by Tom, one of the mechanics at the place were I took Ciao Baby yesterday for her brakes. He was very helpful in understanding the Northern culture and the people, as his wife is Inuvialuit. He said that the three groups of people intermingle and get along harmoniously.
A statue of the 3 groups dancing together was repaired and unveiled at the ceremony. The prayer was also given in 3 languages.
While Ruby, the Teacher, does not have the need of a car, Tom likes his truck, ski do, boat and other â€śtoysâ€ť as he called them.
Also, diamonds in the area are a huge commodity, with as many as a third of the worldâ€™s diamonds mined here. Tom said the polar bear is often etched on the local diamonds so that they are not confused with the ones from the South African mines. I thought one of those would make a terrific souvenir!
Weâ€™ve been told by 3 sources to go by the Northern Lites Arts & Crafts store when it opens tomorrow to see their terrific art work by local artists.
The Great Northern Art Festival is held in the Community and
Everyone has been kind to us and we read in the June 5th local paper in the library where they pointed out, â€śbe sure to welcome our visitors, take time to chat with them and answer their questions they may have about
Locals are really curious as to why we would make a point to come here. But they are very nice and genuine, patiently answering our questions. One curious young lady innocently asked if Americans were friendly, because sheâ€™d been told we were not. That is a little disheartening and I hope we Americans can show kindness and compassion for visitors to our country.
Weâ€™re impressed with how relaxed and content most people seem. They are not particularly jolly (as it is a rather rugged existence up here), but they are quick with a return smile. It is wonderful to watch the people interact with warmth and caring for each other. The children seem well-behaved and well-loved.
We take our shoes off in public places! The library requires shoe removal and so did the pool area, well outside the changing rooms. There is usually wet snow or mud around, so it keeps the floors cleaner. I remember doing similarly in peopleâ€™s houses in
We were very happy to get a tour of the
Another interesting church fact was that the wood was so scarce (there are few trees for lumber here) that a few hockey sticks were used in the framing as additional wood. It is built on a special air pocket above a dish of concrete, with the air pocket continuing into the double roof and out. The permafrost requires special building methods, as those built directly on the ground may fall when the ground thaws and freezes. The hospital is the only other building in town which is not built on 2â€™ pilings, as it has a ground refrigeration system beneath it. That reminds me of the engineering feat to create the SkyTrain track into
We spoke briefly with author Dick Hill â€“ weâ€™d missed his new book launch signing in the library yesterday by a couple hours.
A local rock band of three played in the school auditorium, which we enjoyed as we ate.
The town had a celebration barbeque on the lawn in front of the school, where the festivities were held today. It was all free and included local traditional specialties like goose soup, carp (fish), roasted duck, a special bread made of baking soda and flour, and the usual hot dogs, roast beef with gravy, potato salad, etc. Volunteers have been meeting for a year to plan the celebration and they were happy to hear that we were most impressed with their town and enjoying our visit. They certainly seem to have a warm-hearted, generous, caring spirit in this town.
We returned today to the grocery store -got a half-gallon of milk for $6.
The only American franchise in town is the Pizza Hut Express in the Mart.
Instead of dog sled teams, in the winter, people get around with skidoos.
We tried to use our bank card at 2 ATMâ€™s but because it was not in the network, we could not get any cash. I think weâ€™ll be fine though.
During Ice Breakup time in the spring, and when it freezes in the fall, there are no barges bringing supplies on the
The Librarian we met is going to Disney World next week. Sheâ€™ll drive to
It would be a really fascinating town in which to spend a year, to experience the seasons and learn in-depth about Northern cultures.
Weâ€™ll plan to spend one more day exploring the town since more will be open tomorrow. The 50th Anniversary Celebration will continue with activities and dances. Hopefully the sun will shine so we can see the Midnight Sun from our RV roof before we leave. The kids want to return to the indoor community swim center for fun.
Itâ€™s nice sleeping late and really getting to enjoy a location too. Then weâ€™ll brave the