Iowa Ivaluktaktok

  • Jonathan Andelson Grinnell College


Ivaluktaktok is an Inuit word meaning the sound that pieces of ice floating in water make when they knock into each other. I made this short video one day in March at Rock Creek Lake in Jasper County, Iowa, when conditions were just right: winter ice breaking up on the lake, a strong wind, and late afternoon sunshine.

Watch Ivaluktaktok here

Author Biography

Jonathan Andelson, Grinnell College
Jonathan Andelson teaches Anthropology and directs the Center for Prairie Studies at Grinnell College. His academic interests are in intentional communities, especially the Amana Colonies, religion, and the relationship of human communities to their natural environment. In his spare time he enjoys prairie rambling, canoeing and photography.
How to Cite
ANDELSON, Jonathan. Iowa Ivaluktaktok. ROOTSTALK | A Prairie Journal of Culture, Science and the Arts, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 62, may 2015. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 sep. 2017.
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