In the canadian Arctic Archipelago, Baffin Island is the largest and the richest island, either in native settlements, or in nature wonders.
Natural Parks (Auyuittuq, Bylot Island, Sirmilik, Barnes Ice Cap) and several Inuit communities, some of them previously mentioned here in Ultima Thule (Pond Inlet, Cape Dorset, Arctic By, Kimmirut, Qikiqtarjuaq ...), make this island a fabulous site of Arctic Heritage.
I reported here some time ago about the Sam Ford Fjord ; the closest hamlet to that astonishing place is Clyde River, a quite small inuit settlement with a strong artistic activity, due to a local school devoted to native arts.
Clyde River (or Kanngiqtugaapik) is an Inuit hamlet on the northeast coast of Baffin Island. The community is surrounded by mountains, dramatic cliffs, deep fjords and rolling tundra.
Coordinates: 70°28'N, 68°35′ W
It lies 450 km north of the Arctic Circle, in the Baffin Mountains, part of the Arctic Cordillera mountain range. The community is served by air flights and by annual supply sealift.
Clyde River is considered as a "last outpost of civilization", and that isolation is certainly strongly felt in daily life.
The community is served by Quluaq School, two stores, a new arena, a community hall, a church, health center, hotel and Clyde River Airport with regular flights to Iqaluit and Pond Inlet.
The traditional sealskin boots (Kamik)
Piqqusilirivvik, the Inuit Cultural School
Clyde River artists use a light green stone, obtained from the area of northern Baffin Island, for their carvings; however, the main resource is old whalebone found along nearby beaches. In fact, this community is now the centre of whalebone carving in the Arctic.
Judah Natanine, Sedna and Daughter
The stone sculptures generally have soft, undulating outlines and are highly finished.
Cormorant, walrus tusk
Sam Ford Fjord
The major natural attraction of the central region of Baffin Island , Sam Ford Fjord has already been reported here in a previous post:
It's a little-known natural wonder along Baffin Island's rugged northeast coast, a spectacular, 110-km-long channel lined by towering cliffs.