Abstract

During recent fieldwork in North Baffin Island, I came across several Inuit terms well known by elders but fading into oblivion among young people. In an apparent paradox, these more or less forgotten words among young Inuit generations designate objective situations that in most cases still belong to the contemporary world, at least as possibilities. It is argued that the loss of these words is the result of the obsolescence of the social practices and cultural understandings that the words reference.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1944-6527
Print ISSN
0003-5483
Pages
pp. 191-208
Launched on MUSE
2010-10-15
Open Access
No
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