Quaqtaq: Modernity and Identity in an Inuit Community
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.
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