The indigenous folks, the Inuktituk, called the-land Nunatsiaq – the beautiful-land is what it means, apparently, in their old lingo. But you-know-me….
Before I go and look in the book, though, I just want to mention that the prefix – ‘nun’ harks-back to all those holy-ladies we’ve seen at various junctures throughout this article….
The silent ‘g’ gets another look-in with ‘nun,’ for that pronunciation was written ‘nugan,’ and means quite the opposite-of ‘none,’ for ‘nugan’ (nun) is to suffice, to not-lack, whilst ‘nuna’ means now, and ‘nunne’ is a pagan-priestess, a ‘nun.’
The suffix ‘t-s-i-a-q’ (see-ac) seems to derive from ‘sciell’ and/or ‘scield,’ and we’ve definitely seen these elements before – ‘sciell’ is a shell orshellfish, whilst ‘scield’ is shield, protector, defence and the plumage-of-a-bird. I’m sure we’re going in the right-direction here, because the cognate-word ‘sciene’ agrees with the Inuktituk’s ‘Nunatsiaq’ beautiful-land – ‘sciene’ is beautiful, bright, brilliant and light….. and brilliant andlight are metaphoric-descriptions of the Moon, shiny-and-bright – as well-as the landscape, encased-in a hardened-shell of glistening, shining, ice and snow – dazzling.
It’s up-to-you to put the various elements of the Territory’s-name together in any-way you see-fit. However you-do-it though, the landscape here is characterised through-its-name as female, holy, wearing a protective-shell, beautiful(like-the) plumage-of-a-bird, as-well-as not-lacking in anything, sufficient. And for the Inuktituk and other native-people it-was – they lived-here long before the Europeans came.
Still, as-they-say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, innit. Any-road, it’s a bit too chilly for my liking, but it takes all-sorts to make the world go round, eh? As you might-expect, the winters are long and harsh and even in the daytime it only gets ‘up’ to -20 °C and way-down to around -40 °C, and that’s without factoring-in the wind – and in winter it stays dark-all-the-time don’t-it, like the dark-side of that big-ball up-there…
At the Territory next-door the nunscome-back into the picture – Nunavutis what it’s called. Above we saw that ‘nun’ ‘nugan’ (pronounced nun) is to suffice, to not-lack, whilst ‘nuna’ means now, and ‘nunne’ is a pagan-priestess, a ‘nun.’
The suffix ‘vut’ is ‘fhut’ in Anglo Saxon who had no ‘v,’ wet, damp, moist – it says (this) land-of- the-goddess (pagan priestess) does-not lack water nor holy-women. Seems-like a fairly straight-forward statement, huh?
The Territory of Nunavut is both the least populous and the largest in area of the provinces and territories of Canada, larger than Western Europe and yet only 31,000 people live here, mostly Inuit as no-one-else can hack-it, as it’s a trifle chilly, to put-it English stylee.
The capital of the territory is called Iqaluit, a name that the local Inuit (the Inuk) say means place-of-many-fish, a perfectly Cancerian place-name, for-my-money. Iqaluit’s first permanent inhabitant was Nakasuk, an Inuk guide who helped the USAir Force find a site with a large flat area where they could build a landing-strip.
They needed an airforce-base here because the Soviet Union’s just across the water – they thought the Russian’s might invade the States via Alaska, Canadaetc – meanwhile the USSR thought that the USA might invade them via Alaska,across the Bering Strait and through Siberia – the continents are so-close that a land-bridge across the straits via two-little-islands in the strait is becoming a more feasible proposal with every-passing-day.
The population in Iqaluit increased rapidly during construction of the Distant Early Warning System for NORAD in the 1950s – a defensive-shield on a larger-than-usual scale than we’re used-to – we’ve seen plenty of castles, forts, walls, knives, harpoons, chariots and teeth etc, etc, but here at the ‘top’ of the sign-of-the-crab we find a shield designed to defend the entire Western-Hemisphere from the entire Eastern Hemisphere – that’s some-shield eh? Some helmet, some-hood, armour, shell….