As the sun shone on Tuktoyaktuk, I wonder of Rick heard the typical: “Gentlemen start your engines ..!” “This is the final race of our Beluga Jamboree - 100 miles with the top prize of $5,000.00 We hold our jamboree in mid April. People from Inuvik, Aklavik, Arctic Red River and McPherson come to celebrate our long weekend of festivities. A great weekend is enjoyed by all!” The Beluga Jamboree celebrates the whaling heritage of the Western Arctic Inuvialuit culture. Besides the snowmobile races, you can watch harpoon throwing contests. log sawing and drum dancing under the midnight sun.
DID YOU KNOW? Tuk is a hamlet in the Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories just north of the Arctic Circle on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. It is home to incredible people with a rich history. The aboriginal Inuvialuit people were almost wiped out because of a measles epidemic in the early 1900s. But before that, they prospered! They lived off caribou and small game, fish, seals, and whales. Innovative homes, boats, sleds – even ceremionial halls were built.
The Hudson’s Bay Company introduced the name Port Brabant in 1936. But in 1950 the community was re-named “Tuktuyaktuk”, meaning “place where there are caribou”. Visit Tuk and dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean – but visit this website first!
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