Photographer's Note

Meet Panipakoochoo. At the time I took this picture in 1988 he was one already one of the few remaining canadian Inuits to have spent most their life in the wildernee. Apart from the belgian Oblats missionary Father Vandevelde, who arrived in the region in 1926,Panipakoochoo may have met explorer Rasmussen or Framcis Hall, around 1910 but the first contingent of white men arrived on his land in the late 50s for the construction of the DEW Line, a radar network developped by the US to protect North America from soviet mussiles. Panipakoochoo a respected man in his community uses 16 different names for snow and was still a regular winner of the annual dog sled race and the igloo building contest. One of the greatest man I ever met .

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