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Inuit Laws

Trigusuusiit, Piqujait, and Maligait

Jarich Oosten (editor) Frédéric Laugrand (editor)
Willem Rasing (editor)

ISBN: 9781897568507

Publication Date: Mar 2021

Format: Paperback

Through the voices of Inuit elders, this book is a critical and cultural-historical engagement with the traditional concepts of tirigusuusiit, piqujait, and maligait. These three concepts refer to what had to be followed, done, or not done in Inuit culture.
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Through the voices of Inuit elders, this book is a critical and cultural-historical engagement with the traditional concepts of tirigusuusiit, piqujait, and maligait. These three concepts refer to what had to be followed, done, or not done in Inuit culture. Although these terms are now often used as equivalents to modern Western notions of law, this work examines how Inuit and Western concepts of law derive from completely different cultural perspectives.

Through the guiding concepts of maligait, piqujait, and tirigusuusiit, this book transcends discussions of law, examining how these Inuit concepts are embedded in social and cosmic relationships. This unique book examines these challenging concepts through the knowledge and stories of Inuit elders and evokes a unique experience whereby Western knowledge – embodied in the participating scholars – works to describe and understand Inuit knowledge and models of traditional law.
Pages 380
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Mar 2021
Publisher Nunavut Arctic College Media
Subject/s Anthropology   Law   Indigenous peoples   Sociology: customs & traditions  

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