Uqalurait: An Oral History of Nunavut

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773523418
  • Publisher: McGuill-Queen's University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • 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)

Meet the Author

John Bennett is a researcher, writer, and editor specializing in the North and a former editor of the Inuit cultural magazine Inuktitut.

Susan Rowley is associate professor of anthropology and sociology and curator of public archaeology, Museum of Anth

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Inuit identity
1 Naming 3
2 The family 11
3 Animals 43
4 Hunting 50
5 Gathering 78
6 Food sharing 86
7 Leadership 95
8 Justice 99
9 Music and dance 106
10 Astronomy 111
11 Navigation 113
12 The land 118
13 External relations 126
14 Tuniit 143
15 Unusual beings 150
16 Cosmology 160
17 Shamanism 176
18 Singaijuq (pregnancy) and Irnisuktuq (labour) 196
19 Medicine 209
20 Death and burial 221
21 Architecture 226
22 Material culture 262
23 Skin preparation and clothing 307
Pt. 2 Regional identity
24 Inuit seasonal rounds 339
25 Seasonal round of the ahiarmiut 342
26 Seasonal round of the arviligjuarmiut 360
27 Seasonal round of the amitturmiut 383
28 Seasonal round of the inuinnait 409
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