Climate change begins at the Arctic
Like an iceberg, 1999 cont.: “Robins in the Arctic”
Here’s a story that crops up everywhere after I write it in 1999: it’s about birds that shouldn’t be found on Baffin Island.
Like brain surgery in Nunavik, robins don’t seem to fit with anyone’s vision of the Arctic — and a well-known United States politician even claimed that Inuit have no word for robin (a claim that turned out to be false).
“The Inuit language for 10,000 years never had a word for robin, and now there are robins all over their villages,” said Sen. John McCain.
Recognized everywhere in the South for their brightly coloured red breasts, robins first show up in Iqaluit in 1999. That’s after the birds have already started to appear in Nunavik, where they are called ikkariliit, a name that echoes the sound of the robin’s song.
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