shop news: sneak peek … damn yak dry goods co.

Wildcrafted Wilderness Remedy & handcrafted Canvas Camping Cup; quality goods from Canadian multi-talented merchant-maker & outdoorsman Damn Yak Dry Goods Co … Coming to Tinder very soon, stay tuned …!

tea & ceremony: silver teapots & national honours

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Award winning Inuit Teas via Nunavik: Governor General’s Award 2010 …!

‘Come sit & have some tea’, ‘from my best silver teapot!’, by Inuit artist Michael Massie, via Spirit Wrestler Gallery

Inuit men enjoying an Arctic tea break … ‘Taste of the Arctic 2011’ … fundraising event at the National Gallery of Canada … the proceeds will go towards the Avataq Cultural Institute based in Nunavik, northern Quebec. Avataq would like to dedicate the evening’s celebrations to Mr. Isaacie Padlayat, one of Avataq’s founding members and longest serving Directors. Avataq will use the funds raised for the ‘Save Our Language’ program, known as Inuktituurniup Saturtaugasuarninga …!

The Way of Inuit Tea …

shop news: inuit wildcrafted tea … flora borealis

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Arctic wildflowers, Inuit tea harvest, & Inuit wildcrafted teas; all photographs via Avataq Cultural Institute

*Teas, front to back: Labrador Tea, Crowberry, Arctic Tea, Juniper, Cloudberry …

Cloudberries, just one berry per plant, and so costly that they can trigger wars among the usually calm Scandinavians: cloudberries are “so valued in northern Scandinavia where Finland, Sweden, and Norway meet; the cloudberry has long been the cause of “cloudberry wars”. These otherwise peace-loving countries have been known to become quite territorial when it comes time to harvest this berry, causing the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs to develop a special section just for cloudberry diplomacy.”

{Alan Davidson. 1999. The Oxford Companion to Food. Oxford: Oxford University Press}

Cloudberries, Crowberries … evocative, Arctic botanical infusions … in the shop … winter hibernation preparations underway …!

*All profits are given to Avataq Cultural Institute, a non profit charitable organization that protects & promotes the language & culture of Nunavik Inuit

shop news: sneak peek … inuit wildcrafted tea

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Cloudberry tea, anyone …?

Wildcrafted traditional tundra teas … Coming soon …!

‘Inuit tea time’ archive photo via Avataq Cultural Institute