IN PHOTOS: Inuvik Sunrise Festival opening night

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Inuvik’s Sunrise festival kicked off Jan. 3 with opening ceremonies at East Three School. Three days of celebrations welcomed back the sun as residents welcomed guests from across Canada to join in the celebrations.

Theland Kicknosway sings a song he wrote to open up the night before treating the crowd to his signature L.E.D. Hoop Dance.
Inuvik-Twin Lakes MLA Lesa Semmler shares a laugh during the taste of Inuvik during the opening ceremonies.
Deputy Premier Diane Thom welcomes the crowd during the opening speeches.
Musical backdrop was provided by virtusos Eric Blake on guitar, Ryley Blake on bass guitar and Michal francis on the fiddle.
Edmonton Eskimo Ryan King serves out Reindeer stew during the Taste of Inuvik. King came up last fall for a tour of the region and loved it so much he came back for more.
Edmonton Eskimo David Beard signs his autograph for Kendra Bulldog during the opening ceremonies.
A long-exposure shot of Thelend Kicknosway performing his art during the opening ceremonies of the Inuvik Sunrise Festival Jan. 3.
Lillian Elias raises her hands up during a drum dance to cap off the opening ceremonies.
Payton Inglangasuk clasps her hands during a drum dance.
Jade Inuaslurak holds a pose during a drum dance to cap off the opening ceremonies of the Inuvik Sunrise Festival.
Visiting from Ulukhaktok, Alainna Carpenter raises her hands during a drum dance.
Larsen Nasogaluak shouts ouit and holds a pose during a drum dance to cap off the evening festivities of the Inuvik Sunrise Festival opening ceremonies Jan. 3.
Debbie Gordon-Ruben sings and dances as the drums beat on.
Ross-Martin Pascal practices his moves under the guiddence of his mother, Janeta Pascal.
Reuben Bullock of Reuben and the Dark performs at the Igloo Church Jan. 3 as part of the opening festivities.

 

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