Dispatches

Torngat Diaries – Episode 19

Aussie Inuit: Tough with a Big Smile!

Red hair, pale skin, freckles and a big smile; but don’t let this mislead you. Andrew is Inuit and tough, and with enough Aussie in him that for sure makes him unique! He is learning Inuttitut, the Nunatsiavummiut dialect, and can speak it and understand it clearly—and he’s getting better and better. 

Something he can definitely teach are hunting, fishing and hiking—he has quite some skills there—and trust me, you don’t want to see him in action; he gets scary, especially when the risk of a bear attack is in the air! In the short time that I have come to know him he strikes me as a very authentic person, the kind who gives more than he ever takes, whose concern for the environment is genuine: he is there to protect, preserve and enhance the beauty of his culture and of his land, this big land! Good job, Andrew Andersen—keep it up!

 

Nov. 21, 2012, 11:45 a.m.