Kudlik Inuit Oil lamp, History & Geography At Home

We are lucky to have a wonderful Inuit neighbour who spent some time teaching Xander about the care and use of the Kudlik.

Xander is pulling off the Arctic cotton from the stem to be used as a wick for the oil.

Arctic cotton grass

 The cotton is saturated with oil (traditionally filled with oil from blubber), and pulled up to create a wick along the back straight edge of the beautiful soap stone carved lamp. The kudlik was used for heat, melting snow, cooking and drying clothes. It is also used for ceremonial purposes.

This was a wonderful opportunity for Xander to learn and experience a piece of Inuit culture.
 It's a beautiful thing 💕  

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  1. That is so cool! I loved learning about it myself and I can't wait to share it with the boys tomorrow. You're so lucky to have a neighbor share a cultural experience with you guys. I shared on the fb page.

  2. It was a wonderful experience we do have great neighbours!! Thank you:)) I wish I could see your fb page but still can't :((

  3. Love this! Great that your neighbor took the time to share this with you!

  4. What a wonderful activity - and a wonderful cultural experience! I love seeing kids learning and creating wonderful memories because of friends and family. I pinned your post to my Kids' Winter Activities Pinterest board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/kids-winter-activities/

  5. It was a wonderful experience!! Thanks Deb!!

  6. I featured your post and photo in my Montessori-Inspired Arctic and Antarctic Unit at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/01/12/montessori-inspired-arctic-and-antarctic-unit/

    1. Thanks so much Deb...it's a wonderful resourceful post that you put together!! I put a link to your post in mine above, and also shared it with my fb page ...such great information!!!


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