Questions & Answers Wk 14

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We did not get to ear any muktuk on this expedition! Mille is a bit bummed out about that cause she really likes it with some salt on it.

How does it taste? Well we think Shari who we are staying with here in Clyde River describes it the best: “a fishy, very firm portabella mushroom!”

Did you eat any muktuk? What does it taste like?

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Colorado at the Week 10 Chat

No! Well, yes, if we were allowed to travel to the South Pole we might, but we are not! When we say “we” are not allowed, it is the Polar Huskies that are not allowed.

Antarctica is a continent. The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959 by twelve countries to govern and coordinate the activities of all of the different nations and research stations on the continent of Antarctica; to date, forty-six countries have signed the treaty. The treaty prohibits (does not allow) military activities and mineral mining, and it supports scientific research, and has set up rules to protect the continent's ecozone. Ongoing experiments are conducted by more than 4,000 scientists of many nationalities and with different research interests!

In 1991 the Protocol on Environmental Protection (also known as the Madrid Protocol) was added to the Antarctic Treaty. One of the things that was decided with this protocol was that forbids any non-native species (besides humans) to be brought to, or be, in Antarctica.  The sled dogs that were there on different bases had to be removed from Antarctica and it means that no new journeys can be made by sled dog teams!

Would you ever travel to the South Pole?

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Minneapolis at the Week 10 Chat

In Qikiqtarjuaq we stayed at the local hotel!


where did you stay in Qikiqtarjuaq?

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Zoey at the Week 10 Chat

While drum dancing is not as important to Inuit life as it once was, it is still practiced in many communities, including many that we will visit on our expedition. Unfortunately, drum dances today is generally no longer practiced for traditional reasons (mainly just for tourists), although sometimes they are performed at symbolic celebrations like graduations or opening ceremonies of festivals. Traditionally, drum dancing was the most popular form of Inuit music and entertainment. It also played a major part in almost every gathering, like celebrations for births, marriages, the changing of the seasons, successful hunts, first kills, greeting visitors, or honoring someone who had died.

Have you seen the drum dance video in the Igloo?

Do the drum dances have a special meaning?

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We decide where to go every year on the adventure learning expeditions long time before we actually go there! We look for good places for dogsledding (first requirement for the Polar Huskies ) and then we look for places with interesting peoples. That does not narrow it down much—most places on earth have amazing cultures right! The number one thing for us in selecting a place is that it will make a great place for an education program, but then again, all places have something we can learn from. But we do look at what are the questions that it makes sense to investigate in a region! So for example, when we were looking at investigating this year’s question about transboundary pollution it really made sense to be here in Nunavut because people, animals and the environment here has been so affected by pollution. This is so nuts being only some 30.000 people live here in such a huuuge region – so it is a good example for understanding how pollution made in other parts of the world can affect people and places far away! Lots of good research have been made on this topic here in Nunavut, so we thought that was a great opportunity to go here and investigate that—besides, how great is it, it actually worked out we travel here in Nunavut on the 10th year anniversary since the territory was established in 1999! When we hope to go to Greenland next year, we will be looking at how we use the resources in the ocean and the ocean itself. Greenland is the world’s biggest island and the people there live and breathe with the ocean – so we think that makes pretty good sense too! We know it is not an easy answer we are giving you, but it is sort of also complicated how we make this decision of where to go!

Now, how we decide where to go when we are on the trail? In short, we study the maps carefully looking at how to get from one place to the next for what makes sense in the direction we need to go. We look at satellite images too! And most important, when we get into a community we talk with locals, hunters and Elders and they tell us their traditional routes and how they would go about it. Then out on the trail we use all of our senses and the knowledge given to us, and we either make our way forward by telling the lead dog, like Disko, where to go with commands, or we ski or walk out ahead of the teams!

how do you decide where to go?

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It is probably a matter of not actually seeing the goal as a challenge, but more as an adventure! An adventure just waiting to be full-filled. A dream to be followed. Nothing is impossible if you can keep believing in it right!

It might be extremely hard to reach your goal, and it is important to keep in mind that what is important is the journey not the destination. In other words, when you are pursuing a dream, a goal, a challenge remember to have fun along the way and enjoy reaching your goal. Or maybe it is no longer worthwhile!

What first motivated you to start taking such huge challenges?

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