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Sanaaq

An Inuit Novel

Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk (author) Bernard Saladin d'Anglure (Introduction by)
Peter Frost (Translated by)

ISBN: 9780887557484

Publication Date: Jan 2014

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

An intimate story of an Inuit family negotiating the changes brought into their community by the coming of the qallunaat, the white people, in the mid-nineteenth century. Composed in 48 episodes, it recounts the daily life of Sanaaq, a strong and outspoken young widow, her daughter Qumaq, and their small semi-nomadic community in northern Quebec.
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Sanaaq is an intimate story of an Inuit family negotiating the changes brought into their community by the coming of the qallunaat, the white people, in the mid-nineteenth century. Composed in 48 episodes, it recounts the daily life of Sanaaq, a strong and outspoken young widow, her daughter Qumaq, and their small semi-nomadic community in northern Quebec.

Here they live their lives hunting seal, repairing their kayak, and gathering mussels under blue sea ice before the tide comes in.

These are ordinary extraordinary lives: marriages are made and unmade, children are born and named, violence appears in the form of a fearful husband or a hungry polar bear. Here the spirit world is alive and relations with non-humans are never taken lightly. And under it all, the growing intrusion of the qallunaat and the battle for souls between the Catholic and Anglican missionaries threatens to forever change the way of life of Sanaaq and her young family.
Pages 248
Dimensions 216 x 140
Date Published 31 Jan 2014
Publisher University of Manitoba Press
Series Contemporary Studies on the North
Series Part 4
Subject/s Indigenous peoples   Fiction  
Mitiarjuk Attasie Nappaaluk (1931 – 2007) was an educator and author based in the northern Quebec territory of Nunavik, Canada. Dedicated to preserving Inuit culture, Nappaaluk authored over twenty books, including Sanaaq, the first novel written in Inuttitut syllabics. In 1999, Nappaaluk received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the Heritage and Spirituality category. In 2000, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from McGill University, Canada and in 2004 was appointed to the Order of Canada.

Bernard Saladin d'Anglure is a Canadian anthropologist and ethnographer. His work has primarily concerned itself with the Inuit of Northern Canada, especially practices of shamanism and conceptions of gender. He speaks French, English, and Inuktitut fluently. He is currently Professor Emeritus (Retired) at the Université Laval. He translated Sanaaq into French.

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