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Social Science Native American Studies

Hardships of the Past

Recollections of Arviat Elders

edited by Frederic B. Laugrand & Jarich Oosten

Nunavut Arctic College
Initial publish date
Feb 2012
Native American Studies, Survival, Native American
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    Feb 2012
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Many Inuit elders experienced severe hardships in their past: from starvation to surviving the extreme cold to forced relocation. In this book, eight Inuit elders share their memories of the past and preserve important and unique Inuit traditions and knowledge. A variety of topics are discussed: respect for animals, healing, stars and the weather, shamanism, and traditional spirituality. Much attention is also given to the techniques and stories of survival in adverse circumstances. There are few Inuit elders left and it is important to preserve their stories. This important book ensures that the memories of eight elders will live on to educate future generations.

About the authors

Frédéric B. Laugrand is professor of anthropology at Université Laval and FNRS Fellow at Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, and co-author of Inuit Shamanism and Christianity: Transitions and Transformation in the Twentieth Century. Jarich G. Oos

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Jarich Oosten (1945–2016) was emeritus Professor of the Department of Anthropology at Leiden University and the author of numerous publications.

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