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

Walt Humphries

Yellowknife, NT

It was a windy fall day, way out on the Barrens near the Arctic Coast. I was out prospecting with a stretch, a good bush dog.

A group of five or six ravens flew by, very low and very slow. They were all talking to each other. They circled us on the ridge then they circled a small lake. Occasionally a few would land and rest for a short while.

I watched the group for an hour or two as they explored the area.

My surmise was that the adults were taking that year’s youngsters out for a tour of the area. They were always talking back and forth among the group. It was as if the adults were teaching the young about the ways of the North.