Interview with Tommy Angattitauraq by Dorothy Eber [Regarding the Nicolas Pijutinuaq Story] (2002)

... He invited some of them in and the Inuit women tried to give them seal meat that's cooked already and give them water. They drank it and then they tried to give them seal meat. They'd take a bite, a few of them swallowed. Some of them wouldn't swallow. They spit it out. And then they gave them the soup. They drank a little bit of it and some would swallow it and spit it out and didn't want to take it any more. And before then men came back there would be kablunas [white people] in one of the igloos, the biggest igloo. The old man himself and the women would bring them to one igloo and trying to explain who had come into their camp. And the men back there went to one igloo first and then decided to go see them.


These kablunas were quite frightened to see them men come in but they didn't bother to harm anyone. The men tried to feed them again with cooked meat but they did the same thing – ate a little but spit [out] all of it, and then they started saying that in some areas most Inuit ate raw seal.


That night the Inuit built an igloo for those white people, and they got together and started talking to each other. We heard that the Indians would kill white people. We also heard that the kablunas, they kill Inuit people sometimes, we better get going before they wake up. They were asleep. They decided that night, they got all of their belongings and took off towards the west/southwest, and then they never encountered these kablunas again, but a few of the Inuit, they must have left a few things behind because they were in such a hurry. Two or three around decided to go back to their camp a few months later or so, later in that winter anyway, to gather up their belongings and they saw about four dead bodies in that igloo. The seal meat was never touched but of those others, two of those men, they were partially eaten. But those two [others] never had been eaten. They must have been the last survivors. And then they just left the igloo there and they took off again. They never took the seal meat although it was very important to them, because it was the gift to a spirit because they're dead now. They were never to take anything away from a grave. So they took off and they never heard from them again.


[This was] near Terror Bay.

Story by Nicolas Pijutinuaq.

Nicolas was from the Sherman Basin area [on the Adelaide Peninsula]. He had heard that story from his parents or uncle.

Sunken ship