Wednesday, May 04, 2005

World's Biggest Inuit Igloo Built

About 18 men in Puvirnituq, Nunavik (northern Quebec Arctic) built the biggest Inuit igloo in the world. It was about 130 feet in circumference, 40 feet in diameter and 16 feet high with the capacity of at least 500 people – about half of Puvirnituq's population. More than 670 snow blocks were used. The base alone took about 60 blocks. One of the organizers, Johnny Weetangaq, said the Inuit igloo was a way of promoting Inuit culture and the builders hope to create an even larger one during the next snow festival in two years. He added, "If we can build an igloo that can hold 500 people, then we can build one that can hold 1,000 people"

Free Spirit Gallery sometimes carries nice Inuit art carvings of igloos. See Other Inuit Carvings for availability.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

wow eyy that must be pretty darn huge kool story