Uqalurait: An Oral History of Nunavut

Uqalurait: An Oral History of Nunavut

by John Bennett, Susan Rowley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0773523413

ISBN-13: 9780773523418

Pub. Date: 06/01/2008

Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press

Thousands of quotes from over three hundred Inuit elders about their culture and customs cover all aspects of traditional life, from raising children to hunting, the land, and architecture, to belief systems, cosmology, and the Inuit's remarkable ability to make do with what they had. Given the recent creation of Nunavut and current attention to the Arctic due to

Overview

Thousands of quotes from over three hundred Inuit elders about their culture and customs cover all aspects of traditional life, from raising children to hunting, the land, and architecture, to belief systems, cosmology, and the Inuit's remarkable ability to make do with what they had. Given the recent creation of Nunavut and current attention to the Arctic due to climate change, Uqalurait is a timely source of insight from a people whose values of sharing and respect for the environment have helped them to live for centuries at the northern limit of the inhabitable world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773523418
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2008
Series:
McGill-Queen's Native and Northern Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Black and White Illustrationsxiii
List of Figuresxvii
List of Mapsxviii
Acknowledgmentsxix
Forewordxxi
Introductionxxv
A Note on Language and Spellingxxxi
Colour Platesxxxii
Part 1Inuit Identity
1Naming3
2The Family11
3Animals43
4Hunting50
5Gathering78
6Food Sharing86
7Leadership95
8Justice99
9Music and Dance106
10Astronomy111
11Navigation113
12The Land118
13External Relations126
Inuit126
Indians137
14Tuniit143
15Unusual Beings150
16Cosmology160
17Shamanism176
18Singaijuq (Pregnancy) and Irnisuktuq (Labour)196
19Medicine209
20Death and Burial221
21Architecture226
Introduction226
Dwellings227
Caches - Preserving for the Future246
Inuksuit/Inuksugait - Indicators of the Past255
22Material Culture262
Introduction262
Hunting Equipment268
Boats272
Qimmiit (Dogs)280
Qamutiit (Sledges)289
Domestic Equipment297
23Skin Preparation and Clothing307
Skin Preparation307
Clothing315
Part 2Regional Identity
24Inuit Seasonal Rounds339
25Seasonal Round of the Ahiarmiut342
26Seasonal Round of the Arviligjuarmiut360
27Seasonal Round of the Amitturmiut383
28Seasonal Round of the Inuinnait409
Conclusion435
Glossary437
Bibliography451
Index of Elders Quoted in the Text457
General Index465

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