POND INLET, NU
Located on the Eclipse Sound on northern Baffin Island, beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife bless Pond Inlet. Referred to as the “jewel of the Baffin”, this ancestral homeland of the North Baffin Inuit is rich in archaeology. Thule Inuit lived in the region for centuries and left many interesting sites. American and Scottish whalers frequently visited the area early in the 19th century.
It is thought that the area around Broughton Island may have been inhabited as long as 4,000 years ago. Approximately 1,000 years ago, people of the Thule culture entered the region from northern Alaska.
Today, the major activities include tourism, ocean mammal harvesting, hunting and fishing, trapping and oil exploration.
Although whalebone is the traditional choice for works of art in this community, today it has been replaced largely by soapstone and marble. Inuit carvers continue to produce fine sculptures of soapstone, ivory, whalebone and marble, as well as pencil drawings and caribou hair tufting.