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Harpoon of the Hunter collection. - [ca. 1969]. - 73 leaves of textual record.

Biographical Sketch

Writer, pilot and translator, Markoosie Patsauq was born on the east coast of Hudson Bay in Inukjuak, Quebec in 1942 and attended high school in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. His book The Harpoon of the Hunter (1970) describes a young boy's initiation into manhood. Markoosie first published his story in the Native newsletter Inuttituut and later translated it for English readers. In 1971, Markoosie was invited by Jean Chrétien, then Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, to join the board of Panarctic Oils Limited, the federal government private industry exploration syndicate. Since 1978, he has worked as an administrator of public services for the Government of Quebec.

Scope and Content

The manuscript of The Harpoon of the Hunter is written in Inuit syllabic characters without finals and includes a four-page typescript (carbon) of the foreword by James McNeill, Cultural Development Division, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Publication of The Harpoon of the Hunter was an experiment in computerized composition, using an optical character-recognition system.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from the Department of Indian Affairs in 1971. [1971-04]

Language: material is in Inuktitut and English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: none.

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