Annie Alikaswa Sewoee was born at Ennadai Lake. The Inuit of this inland region had lived here for hundreds of years and were called Ihalmiut. They were a unique people as their existence depended almost entirely on the caribou (tuk-tu). As the caribou crossed the rivers, the hunters would meet them in their kayaks. Their food, clothing and shelter would be secured. In less than a day the great herds could be gone. Failure to obtain and cache meat during the annual migrations meant suffering from hunger, exposure and possibly starvation.

During the 1930ís and 40ís the caribou diminished significantly and their appearance on the Barrenlands was increasingly rare. The arrival of the 1950ís proved no better. Annie and her family survived much of this decade where starvation wrecked havoc on all Inuit throughout the Barrenlands.

In 1958 they were, however, suffering again. The caribou, the life blood of her people, were few. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police came, put Annie and her family on a plane and took them to the coastal community of Arviat. Annie was very apprehensive about the move. Her entire life had been at Ennadai Lake where she was familiar with the wilderness and what it provided. When Annie realized she could survive by the sea, life began anew.


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Annie Sewoee
Inuit, Ennadai Lake
Image size: 11 x 13 inches
Edition size: 575