Remembering the Years of My Life: Journeys of a Labrador Inuit Hunter
Recounted by Paulus Maggo, Edited by Carol Brice-Bennett
Paulus Maggo, a highly respected Inuit elder
resides in Nain on the Northern Labrador Coast.
At the age of eighty-three, he began narrating his
experiences, from a child riding on his father's
kayak to a senior citizen watching TV programs,
beamed by satellite to the community. His
reflections provide rare insight on the Inuit lifestyle,
social relationships, and influences causing change
in Aboriginal society during the twentieth century.
Remembering the Years of My Life is the story of
a man with compelling dignity and wisdom and is a
testament to Inuit integrity, co-operation, and
self-governance that existed prior to the union of Newfoundland and
Labrador with Canada in 1949. An authoritative introduction traces the
genealogies of Paulus Maggo and his late wife, Naeme, to the eighteenth
century and places his life history in the broader context of Labrador
''Remembering the Years of My Life allows you to be entertained and
informed in the Inuit way, to see the world Paulus Maggo lived in and learn
from his lessons. 'I envy those who can go off hunting,' he says at the end of
his stories, at the end of his life, 'as I can only travel now in my mind.'
Whether you are Inuit or not, you may find yourself travelling in your own
mind over the landscape of this extraordinary life, humbled in his company.''
Peter Evans, atlantic books today, no. 28, Spring 2000, p. 11.
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