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A Quttinirpaaq tent ring with an archaeologist in the photo for scale. © Parks Canada

Emulating Independence I Tool Makers Quttinirpaaq National Park’s Oldest Artifacts By Tim Rast

Four thousand five hundred years ago, small groups of muskox

hunters lived with their families on Northern Ellesmere Island, in what is now Quttinirpaaq National Park. is was not a scientific outpost or military expedition,

but family camps, including children and elders who lived, laughed, and told stories at the highest latitude than anyone has ever lived. ey were the first pioneers into the High Arctic at a time when there was no one there to ask for directions. What’s more, they were doing it using tools with stone tips as small as your fingernail. In 2010, I was asked by the Parks Canada Agency to make reproductions of some of these tiny tools and in 2013 they sponsored a pair of weeklong workshops in Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord to teach people how to make their own stone tools and hear their thoughts on the artifacts. 38

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