January 13, 2010

Festival of Postcards - Light

Light - I miss it every winter and rejoice in it every summer. That and the sun. :)
In the winter here, we get short days - it's dark at 5 here and we see the sunrise at 8:30. But that is nothing compared to the arctic regions, where they get 24 hour night. So - have you ever wondered what Inuit used to see, cook, dry there clothes in the winter? Well, they used this, a Kudlik, or Qulliq.
A qulliq is a lamp that is made of soap stone, filled with seal blubber, and uses a wick of moss, or common cotton grass.
It is featured in the Nunavut coat of arms (the small bowl on fire).
More info: Qulliq at wikipedia & Nunavut coat of arms.

5 comments:

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

hello Shaunna!
The Festival has finally been published and your entry is in the first section. This is the shortlink:
http://wp.me/pp92w-850
When you have a moment, it will be helpful if you can copy the shortlink into the post.
Thanks!
Evelyn in Montreal

Shaunna said...

done! hopefully I'll get a chance to see the others soon! :)

Sheila said...

That really is an impressive image! And something I'd never heard about before.

Karen Resta said...

Fascinating - and beautiful too. Thanks for sharing it!

Christine H. said...

Amazing...and makes me glad I live where the days aren't so short in Winter.