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1935 Letter from Pangnirtung, North West Territory, Canada
to Wayland Smith in Providence, Rhode Island

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The above letter was sent from the North West Territory  of Canada and franked with the 1935 King George V and Queen Mary 3 cent issue. This carmine colored stamp was issued on May 1, 1935. There was no return address on the envelope.

Pangnirtung is an Inuit settlement in Nunavut Territory, (formerly a part of the North West Territory) located on Baffin Island, north of Quebec, Canada. The Inuit are an indigenous people inhabiting the artic regions of Alaska, Greenland and Canada. They rely on marine mammals, fish, and land animals for both food, heat and shelter. The Inuit language is grouped under the Eskimo-Aleut languages. Nunavut means "Land of the Inuit."

Pangnirtung is located at 66 degrees 08 minutes North and 65 degrees 45 minutes West on Baffin Island. The town has a population of 1340 and is situated on a coastal plain on Pangnirtung Fjord which merges into Cumberland Sound.

The Hudson Bay Company established a trading post here in 1921 and in 1923 the Royal Canadian Mounted Police also established an office there. It was not until 1956 that the first teacher arrived in the area. The current premier of Nunavut Territory was born in Pangnirtung.

The town has one hotel, Auyuittuq Lodge with 25 rooms and is the closest town to Auyuittuq National Park. Fishing is one of the town's main industries with Turbot supplying the main catch.

(The Turbot is a left-sided flatfish of the sole/flounder family)

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