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The Qaggiq Model

Toward a Theory of Inuktut Knowledge Renewal

by Janet Tamalik McGrath

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A qaggiq, or large communal iglu, is a place of community renewal and celebration. In The Qaggiq Model, Janet Tamalik McGrath considers how the structure and symbolism of the Qaggiq can be used to understand Inuit—centred methodologies toward enhanced wellbeing in Inuit communities.
Drawing on interviews with the late philosopher and Inuit elder Mariano Aupilarjuk, along with her own life—long experiences, McGrath bridges Inuktut and Western academic ways of knowing. She addresses the question of how Inuktut knowledge renewal can be supported on its own terms. It is through an understanding of Inuktut knowledge renewal, McGrath argues, that the impacts of colonialism and capitalism can be more effectively critiqued in Inuit Nunangat.
The Qaggiq Model offers new ways of seeing how Inuit—centred spaces can be created and supported toward communal well—being. This wide—ranging work will be of interest to scholars of epistemology, Indigenous studies, and Canadian studies, as well as all readers with an interest in Inuit worldviews.

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Janet Tamalik McGrath grew up in Nattilik culture in the 1970s. Throughout her childhood and early teen years she lived on the land in the summers with Nattilingmiut families, becoming fluent in the dialect and familiar with traditional values and teachings. After high school she became a regional interpreter-translator for the Nattilik area, innovating on audio presentation modes, assisting in the documentation of Nattilik grammar, and supporting script and font amendments to reflect the dialect’s unique phonemes. Her M.A. thesis was conducted and documented in Nattilingmiut dialect (“Conversations with Nattilingmiut Elders on Conflict and Change: Naalattiarahuarnira” 2004). Currently she works as a language advocate and consultant for Nattilik communities, and was approached by Qaggiavuut Society for assistance with The Breathing Hole.

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JANET TAMALIK McGRATH is a fluent speaker of Inuktut from childhood and has worked broadly as a language consultant across Inuktut dialects in the Canadian Arctic and internationally. She was educated in the Arctic and worked as a translator before completing her PhD in Canadian Studies and Political Economy at Carleton University

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