As recently as three decades ago most Inuit lived a lifestyle much like that of their forbearers: "living on the land," with the men hunting according to time-honoured methods and the women performing the same round of daily tasks that their grandmothers and great grandmothers had done. Today these people typically live in settlements, some of them distinctly urban in character. Adults work for wages and use electric appliances, children listen to stereos and run about the settlement on motorbikes. As anthropologist John Matthiasson observes, "the Inuit child of today may look back in fond nostalgia on the lifestyle of his parents when they lived on the land, but he cannot return to it." Matthiasson, who has remained in contact with the Tununermiut since the 1960s, offers both a vivid picture of Inuit society as it was and an illuminating look at the nature and the extent of the enormous changes of the past thirty years.
The late John S. Matthaisson was a professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Manitoba, specializing in the ethnography of far-north cultures.
Acknowledgements Preface Becoming Like an Inuit A Whaling We Will Go Pre-Contact Period The Whaling Period Becoming Canadians A Trading Post Becomes a Settlement The Coming of the Bay A Killing Brings the Police and a Detachment The Coming of the Church Camp Life in the Contact-Traditional Period Aullativik in Summer and Winter Contact-Traditional Economics Sexual Roles and the Divisions of Labour Hunting Patterns and Territoriality Leadership Contact with the Settlement The Coming of the Bureaucrats The Euro-Canadian Community and its Divisions The Mittimatalikmiut Relations Between Tununermiut and Euro-Canadians A Changing Political Paradigm, and the Impact of New Statuses The Emergence of a New Generation of Leaders The Settlement Ten Years Later A Home in the Settlement The Political Scene Epilogue Changes in Identity and Politics The Emergence of a New Political paradigm A Larger Matrix - Inuit among Other Aboriginals The Present Works Cited