The Sod House Mural - by artist attribute

Illustration by Monique Roberts

The Inuvialuit

The Inuit of Arctic Alaska, Canada and Greenland once travelled much of year in search of game. They built different types of dwellings depending on their location, the time of year, and how long they would be staying in any one location. The Inuit of the western Canadian Arctic, who today call themselves Inuvialuit, built their traditional winter houses from driftwood and sod.

This type of house, called an igluryuaq, was an amazing form of architecture where family members lived in comfort throughout the long, frigid winter. An igluryuaq provided more than just shelter. It was a home, where people slept, ate, raised their children, played, visited, told stories and carried out many other social activities.

The Inuvialuit

The Inuvialuit

Inuvialuit means Real People in their language, Inuvialuktun. The Inuvialuit have lived in the western Canadian Arctic since long before living memory.
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Dwellings

Dwellings

Learn more about traditional Inuvialuit dwellings and seasonal activities.
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Igluryuaq - The Sod House

Igluryuaq - The Sod House

Find out more about how an igluryuaq was built, and what life was like inside this type of winter dwelling.
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Igluryuaq - Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Learn more about Inuvialuit sod houses through computer recontructions and interactive virtual worlds.
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