Nunavut is the youngest, largest but least populated territory in Canada’s Arctic North and boasts endless, unspoilt natural landscapes. Only accessible by air or sea, this top-of-the-world destination is untouched by mass tourism and is a destination for those seeking an immersive cultural and adventure experience. Spectacular Arctic landscapes, wildlife viewing and cultural experiences with the resident Inuit are at the forefront of possibilities in Nunavut. The local Nunavummiut who comprise more than 80% of the local population, are more than welcoming, sharing their home with visitors and accompanying them to observe Arctic wildlife, the Aurora Borealis and to engage with their Inuit culture. Since agriculture was never possible in the harsh Arctic climate and the tundra, hunting is at the core of survival. Everyday life in these communities still reflects the 5000 year old nomadic hunter-gatherer traditions. Nunavut’s capital city of Iqaluit is home to many Inuit artists and musicians. Here, festivals of music and dance take place during the spring and summer months when the evenings are long and bright. Traditional Inuit performances are based around drum beating and a unique vocal style of singing called ‘katajjaq’ in Inuktitut, or throat-singing. These storytelling methods are unique and inherent to the deep rooted social values of the Inuit culture.
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