Nuna: Inuinain Makperaksan; Magazine for Eskimos [Bound Volume of Eleven Issues]


[Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Hudson Bay Vicariate]


[Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Hudson Bay Vicariate]. Nuna: Inuinain Makperaksan; Magazine for Eskimos [Bound Volume of Eleven Issues]. Cambridge Bay, N.W.T.: Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Hudson Bay Vicariate, 1960 – 1963. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo., measuring 6″ x 8.5″. Irregularly paginated, with issues comprising of between 25 – 35 pages. Bound in plain gray cloth over boards, black lettering to the spine. An exceedingly scarce offering of one bound volume of the entire run of this remarkable Inuit-focused journal as produced by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate of the Hudson Bay Vicariate based out of Cambridge Bay, N.W.T., from its inception in 1960 through to 1963. All issues printed in lovely textured card covers, bearing lovely hand-drawn illustrations. Unusual for its time, the issues present a remarkably respectful (often deferential) tone towards the Indigenous populations the missionaries served amongst Canada’s Northern frontiers. The issues are rich with information on the activities of the Oblates in the various Northern communities with sections devoted to dispatches from Western and Central Arctic regions, Eskimo (Inuit) Oral Stories, Tales, and most fascinating for this bookseller, Inuit-produced Comics(!). Also included are rich census information on the numbers of students in the Northern Indian Day Schools, details on the Catholic-run health care services, and much else. All issues feature various drawings, illustrations, and maps. A fascinating historical record of the Canadian North and its Indigenous inhabitants. Published in English and romanized Inuktitut with the latter taking precedence in all issues. Exceedingly rare in commerce, our offering being the only extant copy at time of cataloguing. OCLC records only but two instiutional holdings of this title with only incomplete runs. No detectable flaws, contents bright, clean, and unmarked with tight, sound binding; fine. Rare. Hardcover. ”NUNA means LAND, Eskimo Land. This title of this new quarterly for th Eskimos could be more specific, like NUNAKPUT, our land, “our home”, but our main goal is to make the contents of NUNA appropriate to the INUIT, to make a small contribution to the Eskimo culture, by compiling stories, facts, news…etc to which the Eskimos could refer to in their spare time. NUNA is bilingual and it wants to help the Eskimos to be more so, by reading and writing as well as by speech. Their own contributions is most wellcome (sic), and this very first issue gives us a thrilling example of Eskimo writing, Bob Cockney starts his life story. We hope that you will enjoy reading NUNA as much as we enjoying writing it for you. Greetings to all our readers. – OMI.” (#2383) $895.00