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August 2022 History

Inuit Oral History and Project Naming
Edited by: Carol Payne Edited by: Beth Greenhorn Edited by: Deborah Kigjugalik Webster Edited by: Christina Williamson Foreword by: Jimmy Manning

Edited by :

Carol Payne ,

Edited by :

Beth Greenhorn ,

Edited by :

Deborah Kigjugalik Webster ,

Edited by :

Christina Williamson ,

Foreword by :

Jimmy Manning


McGill-Queen's University Press



Product Form:

Sep 16, 2022
$45.95 CAD


254 x 229 mm | 1 gr

Page Count:

264 pages


103 photos, duotone throughout
McGill-Queen's University Press
HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
Indigenous peoples|History of art|Photographs: collections|Social and cultural anthropology
  • Short Description
Atiqput is the first book-length study of Project Naming, the photo-based history research initiative established by the Inuit school Nunavut Sivuniksavut in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada. Through oral testimony and photography, Atiqput rewrites settler societies’ historical record and challenges a legacy of colonial visualization.
A multigenerational discussion of culture, history, and naming centring on archival photographs of Inuit whose names were previously unrecorded.

"Our names – Atiqput – are very meaningful. They are our identification. They are our Spirits. We are named after what's in the sky for strength, what’s in the water ... the land, body parts. Every name is attached to every part of our body and mind. Yes, every name is alive. Every name has a meaning. Much of our names have been misspelled and many of them have lost their meanings forever. Our Project Naming has been about identifying Inuit, who became nameless over the years, just "unidentified eskimos ..." With Project Naming, we have put Inuit meanings back in the pictures, back to life." Piita Irniq

For over two decades, Inuit collaborators living across Inuit Nunangat and in the South have returned names to hundreds of previously anonymous Inuit seen in historical photographs held by Library and Archives Canada as part of Project Naming. This innovative photo-based history research initiative was established by the Inuit school Nunavut Sivuniksavut and the national archive.

Atiqput celebrates Inuit naming practices and through them honours Inuit culture, history, and storytelling. Narratives by Inuit elders, including Sally Kate Webster, Piita Irniq, Manitok Thompson, Ann Meekitjuk Hanson, and David Serkoak, form the heart of the book, as they reflect on naming traditions and the intergenerational conversations spurred by the photographic archive. Other contributions present scholarly insights and research projects that extend Project Naming’s methodology, interspersed with pictorial essays by the artist Barry Pottle and the filmmaker Asinnajaq.

Through oral testimony and photography, Atiqput rewrites the historical record created by settler societies and challenges a legacy of colonial visualization.

Carol Payne is professor of art history and associate dean in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton University, the author of The Official Picture: The National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division and the Image of Canada, 1941–1971, and co-editor of The Cultural Work of Photography in Canada. Beth Greenhorn is senior project manager for Library and Archives Canada and managed Project Naming from 2003 to 2017. Deborah Kigjugalik Webster is an Inuit heritage researcher and author. Christina Williamson is a research associate for the Métis Archival Project at the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta.

Atiqput brings together statements by Inuit artists, elders, and activists with work by project facilitators and scholars to produce a vibrant tapestry that at once mourns the losses of the past, treasures the traces that can be regained, and celebrates the continued power of Inuit cultural forms.” Peter Kulchyski, University of Manitoba and author of Report of an Inquiry into an Injustice: Begade Shutagot’ine and the Sahtu Treaty

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