Germaine Arnaktauyok, Stories from Pangnirtung
Illustrated by Germaine Arnaktauyok, 1976
From the Foreword: "These stories from Pangnirtung offer the opportunity of listening to northern people as they speak from the heart. Their words, translated from the Inuktitut language, express knowledge, emotion and history. By reading these stories and recollections, one may appreciate the struggles of life, the good times and bad times of a people in transition. Through these pages, the people of Pangnirtung share their memories, their values and their aspirations. Their words convey the importance of the whale and caribou, the difficulty of mastering a harsh environment, the joy of life and the prominence of death, the fears and hopes of tomorrow. By recognizing and recording the thoughts of our northern elders, these stories from Pangnirtung will streengthen an awareness and respect of the Inuit heritage andn culture by younger and future generations.
The book features lively prints by Germaine Arnaktauyok, an artist from Igloolik.