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Inuit Kinship and Naming Customs in Baffin Region

Leah Otak (editor) Peesee Pitsiulak-Stevens (editor)
Louis Tapardjuk (Translated by)

ISBN: 9781897568170

Publication Date: Sep 2014

Format: Paperback

Presents interviews with Inuit elders from Baffin Region, Nunavut, about how names were chosen, the importance of using kinship terms, and how the practice of tuqurausiit has changed over the years. It helps to preserve the knowledge of this tradition for younger generations, both Inuit and non-Inuit.
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Traditionally, Inuit do not call each other by their given names. Instead, a system of kinship and family terms is used, known as tuqurausiit. Calling friends, family, and community members by kinship terms is a way to show respect and foster closeness within families. Children were named after their elders and ancestors, ensuring a long and healthy life.



As more and more Inuit refer to each other by their English first names, rather than their traditional kinship terms, the tradition of tuqurausiit is slowly disappearing. This book presents interviews with Inuit elders from Baffin Region, Nunavut, about how names were chosen, the importance of using kinship terms, and how the practice of tuqurausiit has changed over the years. It helps to preserve the knowledge of this tradition for younger generations, both Inuit and non-Inuit.
Pages 80
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Sep 2014
Publisher Nunavut Arctic College Media
Subject/s Anthropology   Indigenous peoples   Rural communities   Sociology: customs & traditions  

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