Title: People frrom Our Side, A Life Story with ...
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal, 1993 Reprint of 1975 edition
Publication Date: 1993
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
VG+ cloth hardback, silver lettering, no DJ. Cover with a little shelf wear, bumped corners. binding tight. end papers and pp are Near Fine, look unused. 4to, 163 pp with illustrations and index. ISBN# 0-7735-0996-8. Because of size and weight of the book(s), please contact us to arrange for priority mail or for shipping outside the continental USA. Bookseller Inventory # 6698
Synopsis: The text of People from Our Side consists of Peter Pitseolak's manuscript -- originally written in syllabics -- and a narrative drawn from interviews conducted by Dorothy Eber with the help of young Inuit interpreters. Peter Pitseolak learned the system of reading and writing brought by the missionaries and from an early age formed the habit of keeping a diary. He took his first photograph for a white man who was afraid to approach a polar bear and later, in the early 1940s, acquired his own camera and taught himself, with the help of his wife Aggeok, to develop films in igloo, tent, and hut. His pictures catch, as no white photographer's could, the authentic quality and detail of Eskimo life in the last days of the camp system. Sweeping from nomadic times to the early 1970s, Peter Pitseolak provides a frank and vigorous account of how change came to Baffin Island. A realist who knew he was providing a social history of a vanishing way of life, his story is a farewell to traditional camp life and to Seekooseelak -- where the people of Cape Dorset once had their camps.
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