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Polarman
 
(2003) Iqaluit, Canada
 

Live Journal, 08-05-2003

Polar Man From the Far North, to you… Nunavut sounds like a fun place.

"One of the best-known people in the capital is Polar Man. Friend of children, helper of the weak and all-round nice guy -- like all superheroes -- Polar Man is highly protective of his true identity. So when a reporter called up and referred to him by his real first name, there was a pregnant pause.
"How do you know my real name?" asked Polar Man. After being told who gave it away, he said he would have to speak with that person about the importance of keeping secrets.

Polar Man said he models himself after a figure in an Inuit legend, an unknown white man, who provided food and clothing to people in need. Instead of riding on the back of a polar bear ("It's dangerous and it's against the law"), Polar Man hoofs it in winter and bikes in summer.

A fixture at most community events, Polar Man shovels elders' steps and walkways, entertains children and prowls the streets some nights keeping an eye out for vandals and straightening out swings at playgrounds. Polar Man is easily the most recognizable person in town. His costume consists of black boots, white sweat pants with black shorts and a white karate belt (for visibility), three layers on top plus black leather gloves and, of course, a mask."

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