Igluryuaq - Building a Sod House

ancient beluga whale hunting camp

Artist’s representation of an ancient beluga whale hunting camp (Autumn Downey/Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre).

Selecting a Location

Sod houses were built in locations where food was abundant in summer and fall and could be preserved for the cold winter months. Although sod houses were winter dwellings, they were built in summer or fall before the ground was frozen and when building materials were easier to obtain. This drawing of a summer beluga hunting camp, which also shows sod houses under construction in the background, is based on information from oral histories and archaeology.

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