Iqaluit: Nunavut Arctic College

The ice crystals forming in my beard; these are the words I have not spoken.

“Iniruvik” is ice that cracked during tide changes and then refroze. “Maujaq” is the snow in which one sinks. “Qautsaulittuq” is ice that breaks after being tested with a harpoon. There is no word for “law” in Inuktitut.

Symmetrical consonants can be arranged as a diamond. Asymmetrical consonants can be arranged as a square. The orientation of the consonant determines the vowel sound. Pi, pu, pa. Ti, tu, ta.