Life Among the Qallunaat
Life Among the Qallunaat is the story of Mini Aodla Freeman’s experiences growing up in the Inuit communities of James Bay and her journey in the 1950s from her home to the strange land and stranger customs of the Qallunaat, those living south of the Arctic. Her extraordinary story, sometimes humorous and sometimes heartbreaking, illustrates an Inuit woman’s movement between worlds and ways of understanding. It also provides a clear-eyed record of the changes that swept through Inuit communities in the 1940s and 1950s. Mini Aodla Freeman was born in 1936 on Cape Hope Island in James Bay. At the age of sixteen, she began nurse's training at Ste. Therese School in Fort George, Ontario, and in 1957 she moved to Ottawa to work as a translator for the then Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources. Her memoir, Life Among the Qallunaat, was published in 1978 and has been translated into French, German, and Greenlandic. This reissue of Mini Aodla Freeman’s path-breaking work includes new material, an interview with the author, and an afterword by Keavy Martin and Julie Rak.
Series: First Voices, First Texts
Publication Date: March 1st, 2015
264 pages| 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Mini Aodla Freeman is an author, playwright, and translator born on Cape Hope Island in James Bay, Nunavut.
Keavy Martin is associate professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.
Julie Rak is professor and associate chair in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.
Norma Dunning is an urban Inuit writer and PhD candidate in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta.