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"Legacy of Contact" – Nunatsiavut elder Mary Adams

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Synopsis: During Inuit Tuttarvingat's workshop on traditional knowledge in Ottawa in November 2009, elder Mary Adams shared her thoughts on the legacy of contact with non-Inuit and how it impacted Inuit culture and way of life.

Filmmaker: Paani (Keogak) Zizman and Cynthia Pitsiulak, staff members at Inuit Tuttarvingat

Contact: Inuit Tuttarvingat, inuit [at] naho [dot] ca

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Synopsis: During Inuit Tuttarvingat's workshop on traditional knowledge in Ottawa in November 2009, elder Mary Adams shared her thoughts on the legacy of contact with non-Inuit and how it impacted Inuit culture and way of life.

Filmmaker: Paani (Keogak) Zizman and Cynthia Pitsiulak, staff members at Inuit Tuttarvingat

Contact: Inuit Tuttarvingat, inuit [at] naho [dot] ca

Producer: Inuit Tuttarvingat

Year of Production: 2010

Distributor Information: Inuit Tuttarvingat

Country: Canada

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Anonymous's picture

Our silent legacy. I thank the Isuma  for making this video and my aunt Mary for the wisdom and the courage to speak out. 

Cara Di Staulo's picture

Thank you for your comment but Isuma cannot take credit for this video. Inuit Tuttarvingat (part of the National Aboriginal Health Organization) made this video.

At IsumaTV, we provide the platform that allows for filmmakers, educators and community members across all indigenous peoples to express themselves freely and share their stories with others.
 

 

Anonymous's picture

Beautiful woman. A true inspiration.

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Qujalippara tanna innauvut, ummatiga attutijut, suqaimat uqammat sulijut.  I thank this elder of ours, she has touched my heart, fore what she has spoken is the truth.  It is true that we, the current elders and parents of this generation of Inuit need to intigrate certain traditional knowledge in order to truly continue the ongoing efforts to assist our own people to stand up with inner pride.  By doing so, we teach those around us what it means to be truly human.  Though I have not had the honour of interacting with our elder from Nunatsiavut, Mary Adams, I am glad to have the opportunity to watch this video clip of her heart felt words, very true words.  Though I may not be an Elder, yet, I would like to share this bit of knowledge.  There is a book that speaks of a great role we (The Eskimos) have in this world of fellow human-beings.  It says something to the fact that when we embrace the word of the Great Creator, its effect would be world encompassing.  It is through Mary Adams' heart-felt words in this video, that which I feel the word of the Great Creator has been shared.  I appreciate Isuma and the Inuit members of NAHO for sharing this video.  Although many of you may not like the fact I used the term (Eskimo), it is the term that is used in this book I had read, because that was the term used by the author during that time period in human history.  The more we share such videos with our youth, the more it will be understood of the generations of Inuit who came before us (the present generation) and by those who will come after us.  We should not be ashamed to share the good teachings that our angakuts passed on and we should not be afraid to share the spiritual drum songs known long ago.

Tavvauvusiit,

James (Turngaluk) from Nunavut  

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Qujalippara tanna innauvut, ummatiga attutijut, suqaimat uqammat sulijut.  I thank this elder of ours, she has touched my heart, fore what she has spoken is the truth.  It is true that we, the current elders and parents of this generation of Inuit need to intigrate certain traditional knowledge in order to truly continue the ongoing efforts to assist our own people to stand up with inner pride.  By doing so, we teach those around us what it means to be truly human.  Though I have not had the honour of interacting with our elder from Nunatsiavut, Mary Adams, I am glad to have the opportunity to watch this video clip of her heart felt words, very true words.  Though I may not be an Elder, yet, I would like to share this bit of knowledge.  There is a book that speaks of a great role we (The Eskimos) have in this world of fellow human-beings.  It says something to the fact that when we embrace the word of the Great Creator, its effect would be world encompassing.  It is through Mary Adams' heart-felt words in this video, that which I feel the word of the Great Creator has been shared.  I appreciate Isuma and the Inuit members of NAHO for sharing this video.  Although many of you may not like the fact I used the term (Eskimo), it is the term that is used in this book I had read, because that was the term used by the author during that time period in human history.  The more we share such videos with our youth, the more it will be understood of the generations of Inuit who came before us (the present generation) and by those who will come after us.  We should not be ashamed to share the good teachings that our angakuts passed on and we should not be afraid to share the spiritual drum songs known long ago.

Tavvauvusiit,

James (Turngaluk)  

Anonymous's picture

The truth.. Mary Adams spoke the truth, right from her heart. Sometimes people didn't agree with her but what she said had merit.

One of the things I admired in Mary Adams was she spoke with commom sense. Often the things she said was what other people did not have the courage to say.
 

 

Lela Evans

(Sorry but I did not put my name in my first comment.  Mary would say, "Sign your name girl.  Be proud to speak.")

Anonymous's picture

The truth..  Mary Adams spoke the truth, right from her heart.  Sometimes people didn't agree with her but what she said had merit.

One of the things I admired in Mary Adams was she spoke with commom sense.  Often the things she said was what other people did not have the courage to say.

Anonymous's picture

 Amazing heart felt messages. That's probably some rare footage of Labradorimut being spoken. A relic dialect.

Love and peace.

Nunatsiavut representing :o)

Joel Benoit (Edmunds) aka J Owl

Anonymous's picture

As an Inuit-Metis I have great respect for the Inuit ways and customs. I have had the pleasure to speak with Mrs. Adams on those very topics and held the lady in high regard. We must be proud of where we come from and keep our traditional ways alive; its the greatest way we can pay respect to our elders who have gone before us.

Nakkumek Mary!!

Anonymous's picture

Thats me Mudder.

She has given the courage and the mouth to tell those in charge of being responsible over all Eskimo's to help those who are to weak to speak up for themselves.

It has gotten me into trouble and have been fired from 1-2 jobs but I knew I was in the Right.

Peace Mudder

Love

Son Bun

Remembers you.

Anonymous's picture

that my mother god bless her soul , she tell it like it is and hold nothing back may u rest in peace 

                                                     jimikey

                                                            06-18 -09

Anonymous's picture

Mary always spoke from the heart and told the truth. The legacy of injustice to Inuit was something that she always spoke of with such eloquence  and she will be missed for her  efforts to bring light to her experiences  as an Inuk in Labrador. Personally, she has touched my life since I was a small child and I feel a great loss in knowing that she gone...but also, from her, I have gained a strength that only Mary, with her sincerity and her  will to right the wrongs to Inuit, could have given me. Rest in Peace my precious friend.

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