In 1826, John Richardson of the British Royal Navy
visited the Inuvialuit village of Nuvurak on the Tuktoyaktuk Peninsula.
His drawing of an Inuvialuit house there suggests European rather than
In the early 19th century the Inuvialuit lived in six
territorially distinct "societies," each named after its main or capital
village. Earlier a seventh group had existed around the Eskimo Lakes.
An aerial view of the hamlet of Tuktoyuktuk, located on
the shore of the Beaufort Sea. "Tuk" lies just feet above sea level and
coastal erosion is a very real threat to the long-term survival of the
Traditional Inuvialuit music is undergoing a revival and the Delta
Drummers and Dancers are in great demand. They recently performed at
the opening of the exhibit "Threads of the Land" at the Canadian Museum
of Civilization. Here they are in Inuvik entertaining as part of the
Inuit Circumpolar Conference in 1992.
An Inuvialuit couple drawn by Father Émile Petitot in the mid-XIXth
century. Note the labrets or cheek ornaments.
Summers spent on the coast, like here at Shingle Point on
the North Yukon coast, were a time of plenty with fishing and
beluga hunting providing large quantities of food to help pass the
The Inuvialuit have used nets for fishing for centuries.