Remembering Markoosie Patsauq (1941-2020) – Nunatsiaq News

Remembering Markoosie Patsauq (1941-2020) – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 2020165 Views

3 April 2020

“I was happy that people all around the world heard those stories that I made,” recalled author of Harpoon of the Hunter

We are sad to learn of the recent death of Markoosie Patsauq, a remarkable man who was the author of a book MQUP published in 1970 under the title Harpoon of the Hunter.

At the time, the press accurately described it as “an astonishing tale of a people struggling for survival in a brutal environment.” Using the now-outdated terminology of the era, the press also referred to it as “the first piece of Eskimo fiction to be published in English.”

Markoosie was born in 1941 in a camp near the settlement of Inukjuak, on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay. At the age of 12, he was among the dozens of Inuit from that region who were forcibly relocated to Resolute Bay, high above the Arctic Circle, by the federal government—Canada’s desire to assert its sovereignty in the High Arctic took precedence over the rights and well-being of the Inuit it used for that purpose.

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