A few months ago, we noticed a hashtag and campaign from British Columbia called Beyond Bannock, which asked BC residents to show their connection to traditional food via photos, videos, and stories. Clicking the hashtag will lead you into a gallery of user-submitted country food photos from the west coast (warning: do not click if you are hungry!). We thought the social media campaign was pretty darn neat, and we wanted to know: What do traditional food photos look like in Nunavut?
To find out, we checked out your Instagram photos tagged with #nunagram and grouped them according to six themes. Scroll down to see for yourself some of the territory's best country food photos. Mamaqtuq!
1. Hunting and Harvesting
Nunavut boasts some of the most skilled and knowledgeable harvesters in the world – and some of them are pretty awesome photographers, too! From hunting to fishing to berry picking, there are some really amazing nunagram shots of people living closely with and off of the land.
As a picked a few berries, I had a flashback of when I was a youngster and I was out camping with my grandparents and great grandmother Evie. I can't remember who else was there. We were berry picking close to Pang on our way back, well the way I remember it. I had a pail full of berries and knocked it over. I am a clumsy person to this day. Evie helped me pick it all up and it wasn't the first time it happened. It was not a significant day, but I picture that moment that she just helped my clumsy self! I remember she always had these Eddie Bauer type ducky boots, a flashback I get walking on the tundra, my atikuluk evie with her little cute boots. I called her this evening while I was on the tundra for a walk to tell her I thought of her and us berry picking as a child. We miss each other and she was very grateful for the phone call. Aakuluk atikulu, sometimes I want to experience summer time camping all over again. That's my throw back Thursday #tbt #blueberry #nunagram
2. Hunted and Harvested
Didn't we say that Nunavummiut are knowledgeable experts?! If you didn't believe us, just check out some of their catches and harvests.
3. Eating with Friends and Family
It's abundantly clear that country food in Nunavut is not only important nutritionally, but also socially and culturally. In these photos, you can see Nunavummiut gathering together to celebrate food by sharing a bite, a meal, or a feast.
4. Your Traditional Meal
Frozen. Fresh. Boiled. Dried. Aged. Traditional ways of preparing country food are almost as diverse as the species themselves – and are all delicious!