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Edited by Jarich Oosten, Frédéric Laugrand, and Willem Rasing


ISBN: 978-1-897568-50-7

Publish Date

May 2017


6" x 9"

# of Pages

384 pages

Print format

EPUB, Trade paperback



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Available at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum


Inuit Laws

Inuit Laws: Tirigusuusiit, Piqujait, and Maligait

Through the voices of Inuit elders, this book is a critical and cultural-historical engagement

with the traditional concepts of tirigusuusiit, piqujait, and maligait.
These three concepts refer to what had to be followed, done, or not done in Inuit culture. Although these terms are now often used as equivalents to modern Western notions of law, this work examines how Inuit and Western concepts of law derive from completely different cultural perspectives. Through the guiding concepts of maligait, piqujait, and tirigusuusiit, this book transcends discussions of law, examining how these Inuit concepts are embedded in social and cosmic relationships.

This unique book examines these challenging concepts through the knowledge and stories of Inuit elders and evokes a unique experience whereby Western knowledge—embodied in the participating scholars—works to describe and understand Inuit knowledge and models of traditional law. This is a new and updated edition of Interviewing Inuit Elders Vol. 2: Perspectives on Traditional Law.

Contributing Elders: Mariano Aupilaarjuk, Marie Tulimaaq, Akisu Joamie, Émile Imaruittuq, and Lucassie Nutaraaluk