Rural landscapes: encased in Arctic stone

INUIT CEMETERY, BAKER LAKE, NUNAVUT

While on a work visit to this northern community–which is the geographic centre of Canada–I had time to visit this extraordinary place and ponder the lives lived in a treeless tundra entirely dependent on the distant outside world for food (the exception: caribou meat), fuel, building materials, vehicles and almost everything else you can think of. And that includes wood for cemetery crosses.
Notice all the graves are above ground and covered in rocks? This is the land of permafrost, so the kind of burial southern Canadians are accustomed to isn’t possible here. That might be why the cemetery is very near to a field of endless boulders.
Nikon D7100, polarizing filter

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