An Inuit Novel

Book - 2014
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Sanaaq is ane 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.
Publisher: Winnipeg, MB : University of Manitoba Press, ©2014
ISBN: 9780887557484
Branch Call Number: NAPPAAL
Characteristics: xviii, 227 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 04, 2014

Interesting book. Perhaps the only Inuit novel I've read, and the best, but that isn't saying much. Would have benefited from an appendix that included some examples of the syllabic spelling the author used. The glossary is too long and problematic (capitalizations vs not?)

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