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Illustration by Greg Hill
On the Arctic's 'weird and tragic shores,' ships, humans and whole cultures have a way of vanishing, leaving nothing but whispers and haunting questions.
April 2009
The Firth sisters at the end of their career. Photo by Tessa MacIntosh
The miracle that came from the Delta
January 2010
The Tootoos' 1965 Christmas portrait, with baby Victor in the author's amauti, Jennifer, the oldest, in front of her father, and in the middle, a restless Hunter. Photo Courtesy Sally Luttmer
Memories of the sudden, dangerous birth of Hunter Tootoo in 1960s Rankin Inlet
September 2014
Following a deadly accident involving a bomb-laden B-52, crews at Greenland's Thule Air Base load cylinders of irradiated snow onto a U.S.-bound ship.
When a top-secret U.S. jet went down near Nunavut, it left a mystery: is there a nuke beneath the ice?
October 2012
LEBENSRAUM: The first-ever Nazi landing in North America took place after a U-boat surfaced off Labrador’s Arctic coast near the end of the Second World War. The Germans set up a secret weather station that went undetected for 30 years. Artwork by Greg Hill
During the Second World War, knowing the weather meant winning the fight. That's why German sailors made a top-secret incursion into Canada's Arctic.
October 2009
Potential buyers found large vases, like this one by Yvo Samgushak, too big for their homes. Photo: Hannah Eden
In the early sixties, the federal government brought ceramics to Rankin Inlet to build a traditional arts economy. They didn’t count on the artists actually getting creative.
October 2015
Louie Kamookak, Up Here's Northerner of the Year for 2014. Photo Riley Veldhuizen
Louie Kamookak has been on a 40-year quest to solve the Franklin mystery—for himself and for his people.
September 2014
Friedrich Trump lacked his grandson's combover, but shared his lust for lucre. His White Pass eatery served the finest food, with a slice of sin on the side.
Long before 'the Donald,' his stampeder grandpa's seedy restaurant gave birth to a glittering dynasty
September 2012
Patrick Kane
To please his Scottish bride, a Wrigley fur trader learns to stitch and sew
July 2011
Clockwise from top left: Maria, Netsilik region; unnamed, Qaernermiut (between Baker Lake and Chesterfield Inlet); unnamed, Aivilik (Hall Beach) region; Nellie, Southampton Island; Hattie, Igloolik; Pikey, unknown. J.E. Bernier/Library and Archives Canada/C-001499
Tracing the controversial history and recent revival of Inuit facial tattoos
September 2014