1960s Taloyoak footage comes to light

The late Bill Pringle shot 16 millimetre film at his RCMP postings in the North, and digitized this reel showing life in Taloyoak in the early 1960s.

Watch as dog teams pull an airplane and a Hudson's Bay Company building

1960s Taloyoak footage comes to light 5:08

Retired RCMP officer Bill Pringle, who died recently in Carcross, Yukon, shot 16 millimetre film at various postings over his 60 years in the North.

Before he died, he had film he shot in Taloyoak, Nunavut, about 50 years ago put onto a DVD. Highlights of the reel include Christmas celebrations, wildlife encounters, hunting, and sled dogs pulling a disabled airplane and a large Hudson's Bay Company building.

His widow Linda Pringle shared the footage with CBC North. She says she believes the two polar bear cubs in the film ended up at a zoo in the south.  

Hank Moorlag, another retired RCMP member who served in Taloyoak after Bill, says everyone in the community, including police officers, spent much of their time on the land.

"Hunting and fishing was for sure food for the people, but you'll see in the footage there were a great number of dog teams and so the people used to go hunt and fish walrus, seal, Arctic char and use all that to lay up in the wintertime for feeding the dogs," he said.

"There were some really fun events we participated in, whether it was Christmas time or other annual events that were going on. Much of those activities were initiated with the local people as you'll see from some of this drum dancing that's going on, but also the Hudson's Bay Company, the employees that were there, were very active in initiating some of those events.

"It was great fun and looking back on it now, it's really nostalgic to see it there. It almost puts me there in those situations."


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