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Social Science Native American Studies



by (author) Saullu Nakasuk, Herve Paniaq, Elisapee Ootoova & Pauloosie Angmaalik

edited by Jarich Oosten & Frederic B. Laugrand

translated by Denise Nevo

Nunavut Arctic College
Initial publish date
Jul 2015
Native American Studies, Indigenous Studies, Folklore & Mythology
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    Jul 2015
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2015
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The Interviewing Inuit Elders Series grew out of the Oral Traditions course held at the Iqaluit campus of Nunavut Arctic College in 1996. The College invited Inuit elders to be interviewed, in Inuktitut, by the eight students taking the course that year. The interviews began across a table but just weeks into what is now an ongoing project, the stories and songs you will find captured here were being told over a cup of tea to students and course facilitators sitting on the floor, as they might have been centuries ago. This is volume one in the Interviewing Inuit Elders series and contains life stories essays and myths from the elders.

About the authors

Saullu Nakasuk's profile page

Herve Paniaq is an elder who was born around the Iglulik (Igloolik), Nunavut, area. His adopted children are Melanie, Itani, Cindy, Moses, Agnes, and Catherine. He likes to record traditional stories and legends, and he likes to tell stories. When his sisters were young, Herve would grab a comic book and tell stories about what he thought the pictures were saying. His siblings who were able to read in English would come around to listen to him, and he would tell them to go away as they knew how to read in English. They enjoyed his versions better as they were more interesting. He is the author of Animals Illustrated: Walrus and Takannaaluk.

Herve Paniaq's profile page

Elisapee Ootoova's profile page

Pauloosie Angmaalik's profile page

Jarich Oosten (1945–2016) was emeritus Professor of the Department of Anthropology at Leiden University and the author of numerous publications.

Jarich Oosten's profile page

Frédéric B. Laugrand is professor of anthropology at Université Laval and FNRS Fellow at Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, and co-author of Inuit Shamanism and Christianity: Transitions and Transformation in the Twentieth Century. Jarich G. Oos

Frederic B. Laugrand's profile page

Denise Nevo's profile page

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