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Apostle to the Inuit: The Journals and Ethnographic Notes of Edmund James Peck, the Baffin Years, 1894-1905

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Apostle to the Inuit presents the journals and ethnographical notes of Reverend Edmund James Peck, an Anglican missionary who opened the first mission among the Inuit of Baffin Island in 1894. He stayed until 1905, and by that time, had firmly established Christianity in the North. He became known to the Inuit as 'Uqammaq, ' the one who talks well. His colleagues knew him as 'Apostle among the Eskimo.'

Peck's diaries of the period focus on his missionary work and the adoption of Christianity by the Inuit and provide an impressive account of the daily life and work of the early missionaries in Baffin Island. His ethnographic data was collected at the request of famed anthropologist Franz Boas in 1897. Peck conducted extensive research on Inuit oral traditions and presents several detailed verbatim accounts of shamanic traditions and practises. This work continues to be of great value for a better understanding of Inuit culture and history but was never before published.

Apostle to the Inuit demonstrates how a Christian missionary who was bitterly opposed to shamanism, became a devoted researcher of this complex tradition. Editors FrA(c)dA(c)ric Laugrand, Jarich Oosten, and FranAois Trudel highlight the relationships between Europeans and Inuit and discuss central issues facing native peoples and missionaries in the North. They also present a selection of fascinating drawings made by Inuit at the request of Peck, which illustrate Inuit life on Baffin Island at the turn of the twentieth century. The book offers important new data on the history of the missions among the Inuit as well as on the history of Inuit religion and the anthropological study of Inuit oral traditions.

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While working to convert the Inuit of Baffin Island, Quebec between 1894 and 1905, Anglican missionary Edmund James Peck kept journals of his life and work in the area as well as ethnographic notes detailing Inuit language, spirituality, and shamanism, published here. Also included is an interpretation of the Christian faith by one of Peck's earliest converts, and reflections on Peck's documents by the three authors, anthropologists with Universit Laval, Quebec and Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Apostle to the Inuit presents the journals and ethnographical notes of Reverned Edmund James Peck, an Anglican missionary who opened the first mission among the Inuit of Baffin Island in 1894 and became known to the Inuit as 'Uqammaq, ' the one who talks well. His colleagues knew him as 'Apostle among the Eskimo.' Peck's diaries of the period focus on his missionary work and the adoption of Christianity by the Inuit. He conducted extensive research on Inuit oral traditions and this book presents several detailed verbatim accounts of shamanic traditions and practices. Apostle to the Inuit demonstrates how a Christian missionary who was bitterly opposed to shamanism, became a devoted researcher of this complex tradition. Editors Frederic Laugrand, Jarich Oosten, and Franois Trudel highlight the relationships between Europeans and Inuit and present a selection of fascinating drawings made by the Inuit. The book offers important new data on the history of the missions among the Inuit as well as on the history of Inuit religion and the anthropological study of Inuit oral traditions.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802090423
Editor:
Laugrand, Frederic
Editor:
Oosten, Jarich
Editor:
Laugrand, Frederic
Editor:
Oosten, Jarich
Editor:
Trudel, Frangois
Author:
Laugrand, Frederic
Editor:
Trudel, Frangois
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press
Subject:
Missions
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Peck, E. J
Subject:
Inuit - Missions - Nunavut - Baffin Island
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
498
Dimensions:
9.08x6.40x1.49 in. 2.01 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Apostle to the Inuit presents the journals and ethnographical notes of Reverned Edmund James Peck, an Anglican missionary who opened the first mission among the Inuit of Baffin Island in 1894 and became known to the Inuit as 'Uqammaq, ' the one who talks well. His colleagues knew him as 'Apostle among the Eskimo.' Peck's diaries of the period focus on his missionary work and the adoption of Christianity by the Inuit. He conducted extensive research on Inuit oral traditions and this book presents several detailed verbatim accounts of shamanic traditions and practices. Apostle to the Inuit demonstrates how a Christian missionary who was bitterly opposed to shamanism, became a devoted researcher of this complex tradition. Editors Frederic Laugrand, Jarich Oosten, and Franois Trudel highlight the relationships between Europeans and Inuit and present a selection of fascinating drawings made by the Inuit. The book offers important new data on the history of the missions among the Inuit as well as on the history of Inuit religion and the anthropological study of Inuit oral traditions.
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