Playing inugaq in Pangnirtung

Parts of inugaq, a game played with seal flipper bones, are seen on display at the Angmarlik Visitors Centre in Pangnirtung. Ooleepeeka Arnaqaq, coordinator of visitor experience at the centre, says you start by putting the bones in the bag and use the string to pull out as many as you can. Then you use the bones to form a family, qammaq and dog team. Arnaqaq recalled how the elders who spend time at the centre were amused because she’d put the smallest of the bones representing dogs nearest to the sled, whereas you should always put the youngest dogs at the front, because they have the most energy. (Photo by Phillip Lightfoot)

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