Sanaaq : an Inuit novel / Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk ; transliterated and translated from Inuktitut to French by Bernard Saladin d'Anglure ; translated from French by Peter Frost.

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,...

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Main Author: Nappaaluk, Mitiarjuk.
Other Authors: Frost, Peter., Saladin d'Anglure, Bernard.
Published: Winnipeg, MB : University of Manitoba Press, 2014.
Series: Contemporary studies on the North ; 4.
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Summary: 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.
Item Description: Includes glossary.
Co-published by: Avataq Cultural Institute.
Physical Description: xviii, 227 p. ; 22 cm.
Language: English
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-227).
ISBN: 9780887557484 (pbk.)
0887557481 (pbk.)
Author Notes: Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk (1931-2007) was an educator and author based in the northern Quebec territory of Nunavik. Dedicated to preserving Inuit culture, Nappaaluk authored over twenty books, including Sanaaq , the first Inuit novel ever written.