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

Ken Sykes

Iqaluit, NU

I have a raven story. One morning a couple of years ago, I was coming over to the high school from the high rise. It was about 7 in the morning. I noticed where the garbage containers were stored at the school, they were large grey containers with a lift off lid at the top, as I was coming towards the school I noticed there was garbage strewn all over the place – more than usual around the school. Just after I noticed this, I wondered what happened. Then I heard this very loud, extremely lour, fluttering sound. I looked and noticed there were two ravens and one of the ravens had his claw hooked under the lid of the garbage container and was hovering above the lid and holding it up – just like a helicopter. The other raven was busily pulling the plastic bags of garbage out of the garbage container. I realized the significance of all the garbage. I guess these two had been working cooperatively for quite a while. I was amazed at the initiative and ingenuity of these birds.