(too-loo-gak): Inuktitut (the language of Inuit) word meaning raven

Allen Hartman

Yellowknife, NT

When I first came to Yellowknife in 1976, I worked at Akaitcho Hall, a student residence. They had a big dining room there. The kids came home from school one day for lunch. They were having minute steak. At the end, they were to clean up and dump the garbage into the big bins at the back. They were a little careless one time. The kids had gone back to school at 1 o’clock. I was sitting and looking out the window and there was a big lawn in front. I watched this dog come along and he had this great big piece of minute steak that had fallen down and he was walking proud. These two ravens came down and landed on the lawn in front of the dog. The dog put the steak down and barked. They backed away at an angle. He chased them back and forth. A third raven swooped down, picked up the minute steak. All three ravens flew up to the roof and the dog was barking his head off and the ravens were laughing at him.