I enjoyed this detailed, first-person account of peak colonialism in the N.W.T.
I didn’t know that Treaty Day in Fort Providence, N.W.T., was also TB testing day, and I wouldn’t have known it if not for this highly detailed memoir.
“I, Peter Baker, known as the Arctic Arab, came from Lebanon during the Turkish conquest,” begins this 1976 memoir.
A concise, charming book that definitively documents ‘Yellowknife’s defining neighbourhood.’
Earnest memoir recounts minute details of a fascinating life, bureaucratic tussles included.
‘Because I was an orphan and a poor one at that, my mind was always alert to the happenings around me. Once my eyes had seen something, it was never forgotten.’
This book is so spare, it’s nearly impossible to get through without wanting to read between the lines.
Even though I like talking to people, I never really learn anything until I read about it. If you’re anything like me and you live in the NWT, you need to know about George Blondin.
Trapping was indeed the life for John Tetso, who writes vividly about his life on the land in this slim 1970 book. “The wind flowing on the face and the smell of campfire smoke are two temptations I can’t resist … and the good solid feeling that you are your own boss.”
I had no idea there were so many books written by Inuit. This one is a really good read.