Sanaaq: An Inuit Novel by Mitiarjuk NappaalukSanaaq: An Inuit Novel by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk

Sanaaq: An Inuit Novel

byMitiarjuk NappaalukIntroduction byBernard Saladin d'AnglureTranslated byPeter Frost

Paperback | January 1, 2014

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Sanaaq is the 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. Sanaaq, a strong and outspoken young widow, and her daughter, Qumac, hunt seal, repair their kayak, and gather mussels under blue sea ice before the tide comes in. Theirs is a semi-nomadic life on the edge of the ice where marriages are made and unmade, children are born, and 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 Sanaaq's way of life.
    Due in part to the perseverance of French anthropologist Bernard Saladin d'Anglure, Sanaaq was first published in syllabic Inuttitut in 1987. His French translation appeared in 2002. This English translation now brings this cornerstone of Inuit literature to Anglophone readers and scholars.
Mitiarjuk Attasie 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 novel written in Inuttitut syllabics. In 1999, Nappaaluk received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in t...
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Title:Sanaaq: An Inuit NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.37 × 5.62 × 0.62 inPublished:January 1, 2014Publisher:University of Manitoba PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887557481

ISBN - 13:9780887557484

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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."_Sanaaq_ is an unpretentious collection of fictional vignettes depicting Inuit family life in the 1950s Canadian eastern arctic. The author wrote at the request of an anthropologist attempting to learn Inuktitut and seeking to understand the context of specific words and terms. Ms. Nappaaluk offered him stories that, together, form a 'novel' - beautiful gem-like tales, told so naturally as to reflect her innate storytelling talent. The book could be viewed as a snapshot of Inuit 'dailiness.' It also shares a powerful perspective on life in the land. This is one of the most wonderous and charming pieces of writing I have read in years. I consider it a national treasure." - Laurie Meijer Drees