Igluryuaq - Building a Sod House

Cutting Snow Blocks

Cutting snow blocks (Rae Braden/PWNHC).

Cutting and Shaping Snow Blocks


An outer porch built from snow blocks was added to the entrance of the sod house to help keep out the cold.

Snow blocks were cut and shaped with a savipak (snow knife).

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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