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The Crystal II Weather Station and the founding of Frobisher Bay

Sammy Tikivik

"[The Americans] needed employees so they took [my father Nakasuk] and he started working for them. That was before anybody was living in Iqaluit. He was told to look for a place where they could build houses. He found this place called Saaqu, but at low tide it was very muddy so he found this place, Iqaluit".
In Chapter Two, the Elders talk about the first site occupied by the Americans on an island called Mialigaqtaliviniq.

Geosa Uniuqsaraq tells us that the Americans were looking for another location to set up an air base and build houses, and that Nakasuk helped them.

Tomassie Naglingniq tells about his first encounter with the Americans, who towed his family’s boat. They gave him food and said that they were looking for a place to set up in near Iqaluit. Tomassie Naglingniq also tells us that some Inuit started working for the Americans the next day; they made five dollars a day but, the first time, the men tried to light a fire with the money they had and got to cook uujuq instead. At that time, the Inuit only had sealskin clothing; the Americans bought the clothes from them and gave them clothes made of cloth, and food.

He also tells us about the reaction of the Inuit when they saw their first movie, and how they reacted to their first taste of Coca-Cola. Simonie Michael tells us about the founding of Iqaluit. Anugaaq Arnaqquq remembers when Nakasuk started to work for the Americans. He explains why Nakasuk is important to him.

Sammy Tikivik was too young to remember, but he tells us what he knows of the days when his father started working for the Americans, and how he found the site of Iqaluit for them to build their houses.

Lucatsie Nowdlak speaks of the qallunaaq tradition of naming buildings after people, and recalls the importance of remembering the words of our ancestors.

Martha Tikivik, Mary Peter and Uqi Kunuk speak of the Americans leaving Mialigaqtaliviniq. They left everything where it was. The women say that the people from Kimmirut came in boats and took everything away from the camp. All three disapproved of this because they saw it as stealing.