Ipirvik and Taqulittuq (Ebierbing and Tookoolito) National Historic Persons

Iqaluit, Nunavut
Charles Francis Hall with his Inuit guides Ebierbing and Tookoolito. (© Library and Archives Canada // Bibliothèque et Archives Canada)
Ebierbing, Tookoolito, and C.F. Hall
(© Library and Archives Canada // Bibliothèque et Archives Canada)
Address : Iqaluit, Nunavut

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1981-11-13
Life Date: 1860 to 1870

Other Name(s):
  • Ipirvik and Taqulittuq (Ebierbing and Tookoolito)  (Designation Name)
  • Ipirvik  (Other Name)
  • Taqulittuq  (Other Name)
  • Tookoolito  (Other Name)
  • Ebierbing  (Other Name)
Research Report Number: 1981-44

Importance: Inuit couple from Baffin Island, assisted Arctic expeditions in 1860s and 1870s


Existing plaque:  Iqaluit, Nunavut

In the 1860s and 1870 this Inuit couple from Baffin Island assisted several important arctic exploration expeditions and thus contributed much to our knowledge of the north. Iprivik hunted for game and drove dogsleds while Taqulittuq made arctic clothing and served as interpreter. In 1872-1873 the couple was indispensable to the remarkable survival of a group of American explorers stranded for an entire winter on an icefloe. Their accomplishments were recorded in several books and demonstrated the advantages of the Inuit practice of travelling light in the Arctic and living off the land.