Cape Krusenstern, (Nuvuk), NWT (NU)

Profile of an Inuit Trading Site 1935 -1947

68 degrees, 23' N 113 degrees 55' W





This is a profile of Inuvialuit/Inuinnait trading transactions at Cape Krusenstern (Nuvuk
(movie clip), NWT (NU) Canada, one of many central Arctic trading sites operating during the contact-traditional era of Arctic history.

"At Cape Krusenstern we found a large native settlement. The people living in canvas tents were clustered around two small trading posts. This community appeared to be in good circumstances and the people were, at the time of our visit, living largely on fresh-water fish secured from lakes lying a few miles to the westward. A good collection of native photographs was secured."
Burwash, 1931, p. 88.



“Together these sites [Nuvuk, Clachan & Beulah] along with others already excavated, appear to represent a fairly distinctive stylistic variant of Thule culture in the western central Arctic. This variant is primarily affiliated with western rather than eastern Thule, and appears to be of direct Alaskan origin."

"Subsistence strategies are also examined. Subsistence at the study sites was based overwhelmingly on ringed seal, but a number of lines of evidence indicate an economic orientation which was quite different from that of the historic Copper Eskimo of the area.”

Morrison, 1983, Thule Culture in western Coronation Gulf, N.W.T. Abstract.

This website contains the specific trade transaction data was derived from the historical records of Slim and Agnes Semmler's Cape Krusenstern Trading Post 1935 -1947.


The Inuit word "nuvuk" means a "point of land", and thus the Inuit of the area refer to the Cape Krusenstern trading site, where Semmler's operated their trading post, as being Nuvuk.


source: Statistics Canada 2001




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