People from Our Side: A Life Story with Photographs and Oral Biography

People from Our Side: A Life Story with Photographs and Oral Biography

by Peter Pitseolak, Dorothy Harley Eber, Ann Hanson
     
 

The text of People from Our Side consists of Peter Pitseolak's manuscript — originally written in syllabics — and a narrative drawn from interviews conducted by Dorothy Eber with the help of young Inuit interpreters. Peter Pitseolak learned the system of reading and writing brought by the missionaries and from an early age formed the habit of keeping a

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The text of People from Our Side consists of Peter Pitseolak's manuscript — originally written in syllabics — and a narrative drawn from interviews conducted by Dorothy Eber with the help of young Inuit interpreters. Peter Pitseolak learned the system of reading and writing brought by the missionaries and from an early age formed the habit of keeping a diary. He took his first photograph for a white man who was afraid to approach a polar bear and later, in the early 1940s, acquired his own camera and taught himself, with the help of his wife Aggeok, to develop films in igloo, tent, and hut. His pictures catch, as no white photographer's could, the authentic quality and detail of Eskimo life in the last days of the camp system. Sweeping from nomadic times to the early 1970s, Peter Pitseolak provides a frank and vigorous account of how change came to Baffin Island. A realist who knew he was providing a social history of a vanishing way of life, his story is a farewell to traditional camp life and to Seekooseelak — where the people of Cape Dorset once had their camps.

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"People from Our Side is as close to the real experience of Cape Dorset Inuit as the eye can glean from print and picture. And as close to the experience of meeting a true human heart as any novel you might have read." Peter Such, Books in Canada. "There are almost no Inuit records of life in the first half of the century. This remarkable book by Peter Pitseolak is an outstanding exception, combining the author's autobiography with his own photographs to produce a book which is not only a unique historical document, but also fascinating and entertaining." Monica Connolly, Nunatsiaq News.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773509962
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
09/02/1993
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 10.63(h) x (d)

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