October 24, 2014 - 9:26 am
Taissumani, Oct. 24
Eqariussaq, AKA Miss Bill
In 1893 Josephine Peary accompanied her husband, the explorer Robert Peary, on an over-wintering trip to northern Greenland. This was daring on her part because she was in the last stages of pregnancy when she left the United States.
On Sept. 12 she gave birth to her first child, a daughter which...
October 17, 2014 - 12:09 pm
Taissumani, Oct. 17
Mowat, Porsild, and “The Case of the Disappearing Eskimos”
In 1947, an aspiring young Canadian writer travelled into the Barren Lands of the Kivalliq Region. His name was Farley Mowat.
The book that resulted from this and a subsequent trip into the interior was published to great acclaim in 1952, under the title People of the Deer. The people he wrote...
October 10, 2014 - 10:51 am
Taissumani, Oct. 11
Father Gasté’s Remarkable Journey
When Samuel Hearne became the first white man to pass through the area of Nueltin Lake in the late 1700s, there was as yet no Inuit presence there.
It was not until the early 1800s that Inuit moved into the region. These Inuit, who came to be known as the Ahiarmiut, occupied an area tucked into...
October 03, 2014 - 11:09 am
Taissumani, Oct. 3
The Settling of the Kivalliq Region
It is not generally realized that until the mid-1700s, most of the Kivalliq coast south of Rankin Inlet was not inhabited by Inuit, but rather by Chipewyan Indians.
The late anthropologist Ernest (Tiger) Burch advanced a theory, generally accepted, and summed up by the scholar Renee Fossett, about...
September 26, 2014 - 10:17 am
Taissumani, Sept. 26
How “–miut” Was Used a Century Ago
Last week I wrote about how the suffix “-miut” is used in Inuktitut today, to describe “the people of” a certain place (for example, Iglulingmiut) but often used too, in a general geographical sense (like Nunavummiut.)
But before Inuit largely abandoned camp life and moved into the settlements...
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