Many will miss Pond Inlet elder Annie Peterloosie
2011 National Aboriginal Achievement Award winner Peterloosie died Nov. 12 in Pond Inlet
The numerous family members, friends and admirers of Paingut Annie Peterloosie of Pond Inlet are mourning her death Nov. 12 in Iqaluit.
Peterloosie, who was in her early 70s, was born in Akunniq near Pond Inlet and spent the first 25 years of her life living off the land.
Even after settling with her family in Pond Inlet, Peterloosie continued to live a traditional lifestyle.
Peterloosie assisted with the Nattinnak Visitor’s Centre in Pond Inlet. She also performed in John Houston’s Films Kiviuq and Diet of Souls and appeared on stage with the Tununiq Arsaniit Theatre Group.
Peterloosie, who had also worked as an addictions counselor, regularly advised judges in the Nunavut Court services and acted as a counselor and healer.
Winner of a 2011 Aboriginal Achievement Award for culture, heritage and spirituality, Peterloosie was “committed to sustaining the spirituality and mental health of her community,” says a biography on the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation website.
“Her friends at the Foundation developed a great affection for Annie in her journey with us last year. Her joy and warmth touched each person who had the pleasure to meet her. The strong connection she was able to make with all individuals was truly extraordinary,” said the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation in a Nov. 14 news release.
“By spending endless hours teaching schoolchildren, tourists and community members about traditional Inuit languages, music, art, food harvesting, design and the creation of clothing her goal of preserving Inuit culture will be carried on by those she taught.”