Nancy Wachowich Apphia Awa Rhoda Kaukjak Katsak Sandra Katsak http://www.qbd.com.au/product/9780773522442-SaqiyuqPhotos on left from: Photos above from book _by_Nancy_Wachowich_Apphia_Agalakti_Awa_Rhoda_Kauk.htmhttp://www.litfestalberta.org/LitfestArchive/LitFest2007ARC/authors.html
Saqiyuq• Anthropologist Nancy Wachowich recorded the life stories of three generations of Inuit women in 1993: – Apphia Agalakti Awa (born in 1931), – her daughter Rhoda Kaukjak Katsak (born in 1957), and – Rhoda’s daughter Sandra Pikujak Katsak (born in 1973).• Saqiyuq is a strong wind that changes directions but maintains its force. – Shifting winds that bring fundamental changes is a central theme of the book.
The Eastern Canadian ArcticIn 1999, the territory ofNunavut was established,consisting of the easternportion of the NorthwestTerritories.The stories in Saqiyuq takeplace here. http://www.lesk.com/baffin04/index.html
Themes in Saqiyuq• The extraordinary socio-cultural and economic changes that the Inuit of the eastern Canadian Arctic experienced in the 20th century – Extreme hardship during Apphia’s youth – Tumultuous change during Rhoda’s youth – Tension between Inuit and Qallunaat ways during Sandra’s life; identity issues for Sandra• Impacts of western institutions, especially public school, on Inuit people and culture
Ptarmigan overlooking Igloolik By Jay McConnell http://www.panoramio.com/photo/17655823 Inuit mother and children Igloolik 1958 Source: Library and Archives Canada, Charles Gimpel fonds, e004923423.http://qtcommission.com/actions/GetPage.php?pageId=25&communityId=10
Questions to Consider While Reading• What is most striking or remarkable about the hardships Apphia endured during her youth? – Why do you think she is so frank about her experiences?• What do you find most noteworthy about the relationships between Inuit and non Inuit authorities?• What are the greatest challenges that face Inuit today?