INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday- Inuits!

Canada is the home of people all over the world…but it´s also the home of the Inuits…

Who are the Inuit? They are a group of people who live in some of the coldest parts of the world, such as Greenland or the Arctic regions of America, Canada but they are original for Siberia, in the northeastern Asia.

In the case of the Canadian´s Inuits, they have an autonomous territory called Nunavut “our land” since 1999. That region had been their home for 4000 years and since 1996 the desire of their autonomy was increased and the final result was the foundation of Nunavut .

They have managed to survive and adapt to their cold environment. That has been possible because they have certain physical characteristics. For example their eyelashes are heavier than the normal ones to protect the eyes from glare shining on the ice and his body structure is “designed” to keep them warm being small and robust.

Nowadays their life has been modernized but the Inuit struggle to perpetuate their traditions as well. For example they can be use dogsled or snowmobiles to travel around and they can alternate raw meat and ready meals in their diet.

The main activity they developed for subsistence is hunting but as you can guess the low temperatures and other conditions make life really difficult for the hunters and their families. They still hunt on the ice and when they go hunting it can take more than one month away from home, so during this period is when they use the igloo. The mental image of living in igloos is not real, are only temporary shelters for hunting.

They are also popular for selling soapstone sculptures.

I find amazing that such an intercultural country as Canada, where immigrants from all the corners of the planets live in, it´s also the home of native people, such as the Inuit…

Definitely Canada has everything!

Cheers,

Irene

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INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

Today I want to share something special with everybody. Namely my favorite Artist Ria Engelen, she is a new and upcoming artist, so like her on Facebook. She has painted many paintings and sculpted many sculptures, however below you will find my favorite painting from her work so far.

The painting is called “The Seasons of Life”.

In this painting you can see an apple tree going through all the seasons. Starting at spring with beautiful apple blossom, getting apples in the summer and then losing all leafs in the fall and then starting over again after the winter has blown over.

Secondly, you can see the seasons of a woman’s life. Starting as a child, growing to be a woman in her prime and ending life as an older lady who has all the experience and memories to prove it.

You can also see the rising sun by day and the moon by night, which also can mean the rising dawn and the fall of dust, the beginning and the end.

However, everybody sees something different and for everybody art has different definitions. Do you want to share yours?

Just mail it in and win prizes!! 

Have a nice weekend.

Petra

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com