Palaeoeskimo Cultural Transition: a case study from Ivujivik, Eastern Artic
This book presents the findings of the research conducted by Murielle Nagy within the context of her doctoral project. The research was realized in Ivujivik, Nunavik, with the collaboration of the Avataq Cultural Institute and the Ivujivimmiut. It deals with the development of the human occupation of the Nunavik, from the first Palaeoeskimo settlers some 4,000 years ago to the arrival of the Dorset groups 2,000 years later, by focusing on the livelihood systems and their transformation as the key element of the research.
Among other concepts, the author develops the idea that a newly-arrived group in a region is initially a forager before becoming a gatherer. Man must first learn to familiarize himself with his environment before adequately exploiting its resources. The author also delves on the concept of cultural transition.
About the author
Murielle Nagy is a consultant in anthropology and a researcher at the GÉTIC of Université Laval. She received an M.A. in archaeology from Simon Fraser University (1988) and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Alberta (1997). From 1990 to 2000, she coordinated three major oral history projects for the Inuvialuit of the western Canadian Arctic. She was awarded postdoctoral bursaries to work on the anthropological research of Oblate missionary Émile Petitot.