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Cape Dorset: (Inuktitut: Kinngait (high mountain); Syllabics: ᑭᙵᐃᑦ) is an Inuit hamlet located on Dorset Island near Foxe Peninsula at the southern tip of Baffin Island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. The Inuktitut name of the village means "high mountains."



Cape Dorset is where the remains of the Thule (Tuniit, Dorset Culture) were discovered, that lived between 1000B.C and 1100 A.D.. Cape Dorset was named by Captain Luke Fox after Edward Sackville, 4th Earl of Dorset on September 24, 1631. The Inuit originally called the inlet Sikusiilaq before it was named Cape Dorset, after the area of sea ocean nearby that remains ice free all winter. Hudson Bay Company started their trading post in 1913, where they traded furs and skins for supplies like tobacco, ammunition, flour, gas, tea and sugar. Since the 1950s, Cape Dorset, which calls itself the "Capital of Inuit Art" has been a centre for drawing, printmaking, and carving. Even today, printmaking and carving are the community's main economic activities. Each year, Kinngait Studios issues an annual print collection. Cape Dorset has been hailed as the most artistic community in Canada, with some 22% of the labour force employed in the arts.

In 1957, James Houston, European-Canadian created a graphic arts workshop in Cape Dorset. Houston collected drawings from community artists and encouraged local Inuit stone carvers to apply their skills to stone-block printing. The print program was modeled after Japanese ukiyo-e workshops. Other cooperative print shops were also established in nearby communities, but the Cape Dorset workshop has remained the most successful. They have experimented with etching, engraving, lithography, and silkscreen, and produce annual catalogs advertising the limited edition prints.


Between the years of 1959 and 1974, Cape Dorset artists produced more than 48,000 prints. Well-known artists of Cape Dorset include Nuna Parr; Pudlo Pudlat; and Kenojuak Ashevak (passed away 2 yrs ago and they are building a new studio for artists bearing her name). Parr's carvings are internationally recognized and his work is exhibited in the National Gallery of Canada. Ashevak's drawings of owls have appeared on Canadian stamps as well as a Canadian quarter. Inuit photographer and author Peter Pitseolak spent several years of his life living in Cape Dorset.


As of 2013, the population was 1500. The area is serviced by the Cape Dorset Airport. There are some Southerners that live most of the year in CD.


Spanning both Dorset Island and Mallik Island, Mallikjuaq Territorial Park is notable for its Thule culture, Dorset culture, and Inuit archaeological sites. The park is reachable by foot from Cape Dorset at low tide, or by boat. There is a cairn in memory of the ship, RMS Nascopie, that hit rock and sank in 1947. It was a supply ship to the arctic. Although the cargo was lost, the passengers and crew were saved. There are also outfitters that offer tours like dogsledding, camping and hiking to parks.


Roads are gravel in Cape Dorset and provide access within town. Cape Dorset Airport is a small airstrip and provides connection beyond Cape Dorset (to Iqaluit Airport) and when ships cannot travel in the Hudson Strait due to ice. Local people get around town by ATVs, motorized scooters, motorcycles, and skidoos. I must be the only in town who walks...and two of us do cross country skiing in winter. There is no taxi service whatsoever.


The island and its surroundings are frequented by Arctic wolves (rarely), polar bears (some), and Arctic fox, as well as caribou (caribou numbers are very low in the herd due to global warning/climate change and over hunting) and Arctic hare are not common. Seals appear regularly, as do beluga whales during their migration through and by the island in October and April.

Very rare Peregrine falcons, snowy owls, ptarmigan, geese, ducks are visible but numbers are way down due to climate change/global warming. Ornithologists consider the island's cape a major entry way to the nesting area of the Blue Goose. In 1929, it was the departure point for naturalist Dr. J. Dewey Soper in his quest for locate the Blue Goose's Foxe Basin nest area.

Mallikjuaq Territorial Park spans both Dorset Island and Mallik Island. Notable for its Thule culture, Dorset culture, and Inuit archaeological sites that date back as far as 3,000 years ago, it is reachable by foot from Cape Dorset at low tide, or by boat.


The island is 4 mi (6.4 km) long and 2 mi (3.2 km) wide, with its highest elevation 220 m (720 ft) above sea level.

On the southern end of Dorset Island, at an elevation of 243 m (797 ft) above sea level, the mountain, Cape Dorset, projects into the Hudson Strait. It is part of the Kingnait Range (Kingnait, in Inuktitut, means "high mountains"). The cape represents the southern tip of the Foxe Peninsula. On September 24, 1631, Captain Luke Foxe named the landform "Cape Dorset" to honor his benefactor, Lord Chamberlain, Edward Sackville, 4th Earl of Dorset.

Kinngnait Hill, at 208 m (682 ft) high, is located on the island's north-west side. The shorter Eegatuak Hill is located 0.7 mi (1.1 km) north of the cape, on its eastern side, rising 99 m (325 ft) above sea level, and exhibiting a distinctive bowl-shape surmounted by a cairn.

Mallik Island, directly to the north, is joined to Dorset Island by sand and boulders. A natural harbour exists in the peninsula formed by the southeast side of Mallik Island and the northwest side of Dorset Island with prevailing northwesterly winds at 10 to 15 knots, stronger in September and October. The anchorage may have heavy swell conditions and there is frequent fog during the navigation season of early August through mid-October. Ice break-up is around mid-July, and freeze-up occurs in early November. This has been happening earlier and earlier for the last few years and starts in October. Winter ice thickness can be up to 2.5 to 3m or about 5-9 ft.

There are several other islands within 10 km, including Okolli Island and Sakkiak Island.

Cape Dorset is about 500km west of the capital of Nunavut, Iqaluit, and the only connection is by air, or in warmer weather by water (The Hudson Bay).

Cape Dorset is  becoming less and less a traditional Inuit town where a lot of people used to hunt, fish and trap wild animals for their furs and meat. The furs were sold for currency and made a substantial portion of one`s income. Less people hunt and more often they buy their meat, mostly chicken and pork at the Northern and Coop stores at inflated prices about 65% higher than in Montreal. There is a lot of poverty and overcrowded housing.Domestic violence is rampant as is elder abuse. The rapid modernisation has led to clashes between the young and elderly around traditional roles and way of life. Many kids do not attend school and their parents do not value education, so they reinforce this message at home. The high school may graduate a handful of kids a year, sometimes less.

Oral hygiene and dental health are extremely poor and kids and adults have rotten teeth requiring many extractions or fillings. Kids and their parents eat sugary treats like candy (licorice, sugary drinks and not juices due to high costs) sugar coated popcorn, sweetened cereal with corn syrup, etc) candy bars, slush puppies (a cold mixture of crushed ice, sugar and food coloring) and a variety of chips and pop (a big seller is coca cola)--and this is a typical meal. Period. 75% of the town smoke cigarettes with a pack at 20 bux plus tax.

The town allows alcohol but needless to say, it can cause problems. Yes, domestic violence, assaults, aggravated assaults and sexual assaults. There was a referendum and the town residents voted yes on alcohol being allowed in the town. Some of the towns in Nunavut are dry as in no alcohol allowed.

Across from Mallik Island, on the northern side of Dorset Island is located the Inuit hamlet of Cape Dorset (also named Kinngnait). It is approximately 7.2 mi (11.6 km) north of the mountain cape bearing the same name. Because the people of this community are known for their artisanship, including drawing, printmaking, and carving, the community of Cape Dorset is commonly referred to as the "Inuit art capital."

N.B. However, there are more carvers per capita than anywhere else in Nunavut and the COOP store only buys a fraction of the carvings, so many people try to sell carvings to teachers, nurses, RCMP officers and other health care professionals and other GN employees as carving is not a good living. It is a living below the poverty line for most carvers. So, you have a recipe for poverty continuing for generations as kids do not attend school and may try to carve. This is commonly known as pity carvings.

(Info courtesy of wikipedia and this writer)

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vyobrr, VY0BRR, Mike in Cape Dorset, Nunavut!

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