before sealfie was a movement, tagaq, her daughter & her mother celebrated the success of the hunt, the nourishment of her community, the continuity of tradition with this memory photo, and got a sh!tstorm in response when she joined the #sealfies
My Mother took the picture, and I [Tagaq] put my baby next to the seal, and everybody just thought it was the cutest thing in the world. Like it was a really sweet endearment because I honour my children immensely and I would never, ever, do anything to compromise that honour towards them. It was just showing how much I appreciated the seal for giving its life so we could be happy and eat.
“I wanted to it to be a tongue-in-cheek protest to all these very serious animal rights activists,” Laakukuk told me via Facebook message. “Many of us Inuit use humour to make a strong point instead of anger. I also wanted the sealfie to focus on cultural celebration and positive self-esteem.”