Tradition is still strong in the North. Inuit of every tribe still practice traditional festivals, eat traditional food, dance traditional dances. It's a beautiful way to honor those who have gone before, and allows people who are often misunderstood and disenfranchised to be part of a human timeline that extends back into history.
The young play an equal part in preserving these traditions. As this video clip illustrates, however, Inuit heritage is far from static. It is a vibrant legacy that everyone can embrace and leave their own stamp on.
Excerpt from All That Glitters
The drummers began to play, an ancient, pulsating sound. A troop of dancers shuffled out. Their feet pounded the ground in time to the beat, their hands and arms dusted the air in rhythmic circles.
Ethan looked down at Ava. She was transfixed, eyes glued to the dancers. Her body swayed slightly. She felt him watching her and looked up. Ethan smiled. “We survived.”
She chuckled. “So we did.” She turned back to the dancers. Ethan was about to as well, when she threaded her arm through his. He stared at her, surprised. She didn’t look up. “Thanks.” The corners of her lips lifted. “You know. For today.”In front of them, the dancers dipped and circled, their shadows long and flickering under the low-slung sun. Ava leaned into him, her warm, soft weight a comfortable pressure at his side. Ethan laid a hand over hers and tucked her close. “My pleasure.”
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