Kapuiviit
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Kapuiviit, Nunavut.
Kapuiviit is located in Nunavut
Kapuiviit
Kapuiviit
Kapuiviit is located in Canada
Kapuiviit
Kapuiviit
Geography
LocationFoxe Basin
Coordinates69°41′19″N 80°00′32″W / 69.68861°N 80.00889°W / 69.68861; -80.00889Coordinates: 69°41′19″N 80°00′32″W / 69.68861°N 80.00889°W / 69.68861; -80.00889
ArchipelagoArctic Archipelago
Area920 km2 (360 sq mi)
Administration
Canada
NunavutNunavut
RegionQikiqtaaluk
Demographics
PopulationUninhabited

Kapuiviit (Inuktitut syllabics: ᑲᐳᐃᕖᑦ[1]) formerly Jens Munk Island,[2] for Dano-Norwegian explorer Jens Munk, is one of the Canadian arctic islands in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada. It is an uninhabited Baffin Island offshore island with an area of 920 km2 (360 sq mi).[3]

The island presently has no permanent resident population (since displacements driven by colonialism took place in the 1950s and 1960s) but it remains an important outpost camp in the Igloolik Island area. Historically, however, it was the location of Kapuivik, a hunting camp which is now an important archaeological site for the research of pre-Inuit peoples including the Dorset (Tuniit), Pre-Dorset and Paleo-Inuit.[4][5]

Kapuivik was also the birthplace of noted film director Zacharias Kunuk.[6]

References

  1. ^ Kapuiviit
  2. ^ Kapuiviit (Formerly Jens Munk Island)
  3. ^ "The Atlas of Canada - Sea Islands". Natural Resources Canada. Archived from the original on 2010-07-02. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
  4. ^ Samantha Walker, Low-altitude aerial thermography for the archaeological investigation of arctic landscapes, Journal of Archaeological Science, Vol 117, May 2020
  5. ^ Peter N. Peregrine and Melvin Ember, Encyclopedia of Prehistory: Volume 2: Arctic and Subarctic, Volume 6. Springer Science+Business Media, 2001. ISBN 9780306462566. p. 41.
  6. ^ "Zacharias Kunuk’s life, from a sod house to the Cannes Film Festival". Toronto Star, April 26, 2015.