Margaret was born near Arviat in July, 1937. Margaret and her brother, Alex Igookyouak, were raised by their grandmother. They spent a great deal of time walking in their search for food. Often Margaret would walk alone long distances to pick up supplies. Margaret’s grandmother taught her how to use a rifle, hunt and skin caribou. She also taught her how to make a caribou parka complete with mitts and kamiks.
In 1948 the family moved to Baker Lake where Margaret saw ‘kabloonat’, white people, for the first time. She recalled being so scared she ran away from them. After Margaret’s grandmother passed away in Baker Lake, Margaret taught Alex to use a rifle so they could continue to hunt.
Margaret married John Narkyagik in 1960. John and Margaret often hunted together. During the late 80’s, John built a cabin at ‘The Point,’ just outside Baker Lake. John passed away in 2005. A few years later Margaret stopped hunting due to health issues. Son, George, hunts for his mother now.
Margaret remembers fondly, ‘I loved to do everything on the land… hunt, fish, cut meat, sew.” This tiny, animated woman spends much of her time at her cabin where she enjoys cooking for her children and grandchildren.