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Project Naming. The goal of this project is the identification of Inuit portrayed in some of the photographic collections of Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. It is an ongoing initiative, which enables Nunavut youth to connect with Elders and to better understand their past.

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CAN-NUNAVUT Mailing List at RootsWeb. Topic: A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the territory of Nunavut, Canada. You can search the archives for a specific message or browse them.

CAN-NUNAVUT-CEMETERIES Mailing List at RootsWeb. Topic: A mailing list for anyone seeking burial information on their ancestors interred in cemeteries located in the Nunavut Territory, Canada. You can search the archives for a specific message or browse them.

Uqalurait: An Oral History of Nunavut (McGill-Queen's Native and Northern Series, No. 36) (Book - Amazon) : Thousands of quotes from over three hundred Inuit elders about their culture and customs cover all aspects of traditional life, from raising children to hunting, the land, and architecture, to belief systems, cosmology, and the Inuit's remarkable ability to make do with what they had.

A Kayak Full of Ghosts: Eskimo Folk Tales (International Folk Tales (Paperback)) :
(Book - Amazon) : The first comprehensive collection of Eskimo folktales in over sixty years, these stories reveal a tradition close in spirit to modern fiction. Not for queasy readers, A Kayak Full of Ghosts deals with strange and even gruesome events in the barren Arctic where, in the minds of the storytellers, all manner of behavior is imaginable. Mythic and beautiful, violent and scatological, these tales come from an oral tradition that bars few holds.

In Order to Live Untroubled: Inuit of the Central Arctic, 1550 to 1940
(Book - Amazon) : Despite the long human history of the Canadian central arctic, there is still little historical writing on the Inuit peoples of this vast region. Although archaeologists and anthropologists have studied ancient and contemporary Inuit societies, the Inuit world in the crucial period from the 16th to the 20th centuries remains largely undescribed and unexplained. In Order to Live Untroubled helps fill this 400-year gap by providing the first, broad, historical survey of the Inuit peoples of the central arctic.

Names and Nunavut: Culture and Identity in the Inuit Homeland
(Book - Amazon) : Since the late 1970s, the author has looked at naming and renaming, cross-culturally and internationally, with particular attention to the effects of colonisation and liberation. The experience of Inuit in Canada is an example of both. Colonisation is only part of the Nunavut experience. Contrary to the dire predictions of cultural genocide theorists, Inuit culture particularly traditional naming has remained extremely strong, and is in the midst of a renaissance. Here is a ground-breaking study by the founder of the discipline of political onomastics.

Nunavut Generations: Change & Continuity in Canadian Inuit Communities
(Book - Amazon) : Change in arctic populations has not been a sudden phenomenon, but rather a gradual process that has occurred over a number of generations. In this longitudinal case study, McElroy introduces readers to four Baffin Island communities in the eastern Canadian Arctic and focuses on the challenges and hardships they face in transition from hunting-gathering lifestyles to wage employment and political participation in towns. Through long-term fieldwork, historical material, and life histories collected from elders, Nunavut Generations richly illustrates political and ecological change alongside native stability and self-determination.

Saqiyuq: Stories from the Lives of Three Inuit Women (McGill-Queen's Native and Northern Series)
(Book - Amazon) : Saqiyuq is the name the Inuit give to a strong wind that suddenly shifts direction. "Saqiyuq: Stories from the Lives of Three Inuit Women" is a vivid portrait of the changing nature of life in the Arctic during the twentieth century. Through their life stories, a grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter take us on a remarkable journey in which the cycles of life - childhood, adolescence, marriage, birthing and child rearing - are presented against the contrasting experiences of three successive generations.

Trader King: The Thrilling Story of Forty Years' Service in the North-West Territories (Western Canadian Classics)
(Book - Amazon) : Trader King is the graphic and powerfully moving story of one of the most fearless and colourful traders of the Canadian North - William Cornwallis King - as told to Mary Weeks in the 1930's. Working for the Hudson's Bay Company from 1862 to 1903, King's story is an exciting first-hand account of the early days of the fur trade in Canada.

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