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Inuits in Arctic Canada Use Internet to Connect to Each Other

Inuits in Arctic Canada use the Internet to pass along traditions and bridge a generation gap

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It's not easy to get to Arctic Bay, a Canadian Inuit village of 700 that lies along a north Baffin Island inlet by the Northwest Passage, 700 kilometers above the Arctic Circle. The Akademic Ioffe--a Russian research vessel leased for tourists by the Darien, Conn., cruise line Quark Expeditions--docks at the former mining community of Nanisivik to restock our drinking water. From there, it's another hour by school bus over 32 km of harsh snow-swept terrain to Arctic Bay, where village leaders await us--100 or so curious tourists--to demonstrate their Inuit traditions.

There's warmth to the residents that offsets the chilly temperatures and bleak surroundings. But Arctic Bay's real novelty lies less with honoring its past and more in gracefully bridging it with a rapidly changing present. The way the Inuit here have used the Internet to pass down their culture could be a precursor to the real test of integrating traditions and technology with a coming commercial overhaul of the area.

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