Carefuly recording human experiences - the landscape and the elements which defined life; during traditional times in southwest Baffin Island.
Lectures and Performances:
Norman Hallendy is an engaging speaker who is able to share his love of the north and and the meaning of those mysterious stone figures called inuksuit revealed to him by Inuit Elders, with whom he has had an unbroken relationship for over 30 years. Mr. Hallendy’s deep interest in how the traditional Inuit lived and perceived their environment, is central to his work. He began by conducting community based research with the Elders who once lived in the traditional hunting camps in southwest Baffin. He not only gained their confidence and respect but learned how to observe and see things around him in ways unfamiliar to many of us. He gathered ancient Inuit words and expressions and with them, developed semantic fields which he often used to help define traditional perceptions and concepts of the material and spiritual world of his mentors.
He has lectured at Cambridge, Oxford and in several other universities. His work has drawn the attention of such notable institutions and learned societies as World archaeological Congress, the American Anthropological Society, the Arctic Institute of North America, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Smithsonian and so on. Mr. Hallendy is known affectionately as AH-PEER-SUK-TI which means “ the inquisitive one” by his Inuit friends in southwest Baffin. He may be contacted at
The Tukilik project was involved in the production of the following film documentaries:
Photo and Video Documentaries:
The Tukilik Photographic Archives contain more than 3,000 35 mm. colour slides. Among the many subjects can be found: Landscapes, Seascapes, Inuksuit, Ancient Sites, Sacred Places, People, Art and Artists, Inuit Sculpture, Festivities and Camp Life. Images from the collection have been illustrated in several prestigious publications including: Equinox, Canadian Geographic, Parabola, Hard Cover Books, Corporate Annual Reports, and National and various International Magazines. See Image Gallery.
The Tukilik Videographic Archives contain more than 50 hours of analogue tape currently being converted to digital disks. This collection constitutes remarkable examples of the Arctic Landscape and and its people. It documents their thoughts, beliefs and recollections of life once lived in traditional times. It captures beliefs, mysteries and human experience in their own words.
Publishing and Broadcasting:
- Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
- Arctic Institute of North America
- Equinox Magazine
- The last Traditional Inuit Trial
- Canadian Geographic Magazine
- Above & Beyond Magazine
- Douglas & McIntyre - Canada
- Explorers Club Journal
- CBC Northern Service Broadcast Series, 1992/93
Field Research is the most important undertaking by the Tukilik Project. It yields vital information about the land and its people. The results are fed back into the community who are among its strongest supporters. About 80% of expenditures in the field go back into the community.
Striking examples of ethnogeographic work include the first mapping of sites across central Baffin.