At first glance the title of this
exceptional first novel would seem to refer to the
common name for tuberculosis, so named because the
infection appears to consume people from within.
However, as the novel progresses, consumption takes
on a different meaning as we see the Inuit way of
life and even the land they live on being consumed
by "civilization" and the quest for profit.
centers on the lives of one small
family in a small community of Inuits living in
Rankin Inlet between the 1970s and 1990s. By the end
of the 1980s, almost all the Inuits in the area had
left their nomadic lives behind in order to work in
the mines run by Kablunauks
(the Inuit word
for Caucasians, meaning hairy eyebrows and bellies),
Beyond the Book
has a population of about 2,200.
It is located on the 63rd
parallel on the west shore of
Hudson Bay (map)
approximately 1,100 miles north
of Winnipeg in the recently
formed territory of Nunavut,
which was officially separated
from the Canadian Northwest
Territories in April 1999.
A Short History of the Inuit
nunavut.com, the history of
the Inuit begins in the southern
Bering Sea (North Pacific)
where, about 2 to 3,000 years
ago, an ancient culture adapted...