Quaqtaq: Modernity and Identity in an Inuit Community

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University of Toronto Press, 1997 - History - 132 pages
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How, in a world that is drastically changing, can the Inuit preserve their identity? Louis-Jacques Dorais explores this question in Quaqtaq, the first ethnography of a contemporary Canadian Inuit community to be published in over twenty-five years.

The community of Quaqtaq is a small village on Hudson Strait where hunting and gathering are still the mainstays of life. In this description of Quaqtaq, based on data collected over a thirty-year period, we get a glimpse of its early cultural history, its development into a settled community, and its present realities. Dorais identifies three principal manifestations of local identity - kinship, religion, and language - that persist despite the brutal intrusion of modernity. He concludes by examining the role politics and education have played in the relationship between Quaqtaq and the outside world.

Quaqtaq is a unique and important study that will be of interest to scholars, administrators, and citizens of Inuit and other native communities.

  

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Found this very interesting, in as much it is an in depth study on how the Quaqtamiut are moving forward into a changing world.
One has to admire how Dorais learns the the language of the Quaqtamiut
(Inuktitut) so that he can do this study in depth. I would consider Inuktitut as being the hardest language in the world to actually learn.
As people move forward into a new culture it is so important that they retain and maintain respect for their own culture and it seems that the Quaqtamiut are well aware of this.
Qujannamiik
Bob Carveth
Australia
 

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Contents

PREFACE
3
When There Were No Qallunaat
12
The Formation of a Community
22
Quaqtaq in the 1990s
46
Some Fundamentals of Identity
62
Quaqtaq and the World
88
Conclusion
102
ADULT DEATHS IN TUVAALUK AND QUAQTAQ 19411992
109
NOTES
115
REFERENCES
127
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About the author (1997)

Louis-Jacques Dorais is Professor of Anthropology, Université Laval, and is editor of Études/Inuit/Studies.

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