Janet Tamalik McGrath
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The Qaggiq Model
The Qaggiq Model: Toward a Theory of Inuktut Knowledge Renewal
A qaggiq, or large communal iglu, is a place of community renewal and celebration.
In many Inuit communities late winter and early spring gatherings, with all the markers of Qaggiq, have persisted through modernization. The Qaggiq process has always been used to share news and knowledge, and to enjoy feasts and friendly skill-building competitions. They are also forums for community justice and healing work. Qaggiq is at the centre of renewal, as it begins when people have survived another winter.
In The Qaggiq Model, Janet Tamalik McGrath considers how the structure and symbolism of the Qaggiq can be used to understand Inuit-centred methodologies toward enhanced wellbeing in Inuit communities. Drawing on interviews with the late philosopher and Inuit elder Mariano Aupilarjuk, along with her own life-long experiences, McGrath bridges Inuktut and Western academic ways of knowing. She addresses the question of how Inuktut knowledge renewal can be supported on its own terms. It is through an understanding of Inuktut knowledge renewal, McGrath argues, that the impacts of colonialism and capitalism can be more effectively critiqued in Inuit Nunangat.
The Qaggiq Model offers new ways of seeing how Inuit-centred spaces can be created and supported toward communal well-being.
This wide-ranging work will be of interest to scholars of epistemology, Indigenous studies, and Canadian studies, as well as all readers with an interest in Inuit worldviews.
JANET TAMALIK McGRATH is a fluent speaker of Inuktut from childhood and has worked broadly as a language consultant across Inuktut dialects in the Canadian Arctic and internationally. She was educated in the Arctic and worked as a translator before completing her PhD in Canadian Studies and Political Economy at Carleton University