Igluryuaq - Building a Sod House

Splitting Logs

Splitting logs to make planks (Rai Braden/PWNHC).

Making Planks


The floor and benches in sod house were covered with planks. The first step in making planks was to split driftwood logs lengthwise.

Logs were split into planks using a tattuqun (wedge) made from a piece of whale rib.

Click on this image to see an wedge found at the 600 year old Kuukpak archaeological site.


Shaping Planks

Shaping planks (Rae Braden/PWNHC).


An ulinaun (adze) was used to shape and trim the planks.

Click on this image to see an adze head found at the 600 year old Kuukpak archaeological site.

Kuukpak, located near the mouth of the Mackenzie River, was a major winter settlement of ancestral Inuvialuit from about AD 1500 - 1850. Archaeologists worked with Inuvialuit from nearby communities to explore and learn about this archaeological site.


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