THE NEW PEOPLE by Edith Iglauer


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Edith Iglauer is a freelance writer who has made several journeys to the Arctic to record ""The Eskimo's Journey into Our Time"" and has earned the named of Oneekatualeeotae, The Woman who Tells the Story. After so many harrowing books on the plight of the Eskimos and the tragic effects of their contact with whites, this is an exciting and hopeful account of communication between cultures leading to a better life for the people of the far North. In 1953 Canada set up a Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources designed to reach ""The People,"" barely subsisting in the North. In the 1960's, the author visited the communities that have come into existence because of the Department's concern. At George River, Eskimos gave up a nomadic existence to build homes, a school, a meetinghouse, a store, and run a char cooperative. Other communities are developing at Port Burwell, Fort Chimo, and Frobisher Bay is the metropolis of the Northwest Territories. By 1963 eighteen Eskimo cooperatives existed in sixteen northern settlements, and it was time to test the Department's effectiveness with the First Conference of the Arctic Cooperatives. The author witnessed this proof of progress, when Eskimos spoke together of their ventures for the first time and voted to establish a central marketing agency. Progress has its own perils: eating habits have changed, and a new project, Arctic canneries for northern consumption, provides an answer. The Woman Who Tells the Story has told The Story Worth Telling.

Pub Date: Feb. 4th, 1965
Publisher: Doubleday