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La mort de Jennie Kanajuq - tuberculose, rivalités religieuses et conflit culturel à Coppermine 1929-31

The death of Jennie Kanajuq - tuberculosis, religious competition and cultural conflict in Coppermine 1929-31
Pages: 75 - 104
Auteur(s) / Author(s): Walter J. Vanast
Résumé:

Malgré une abondante documentation orale, écrite et iconographique, les gens du Sud savent peu de choses de ce que les Inuit subirent à cause des maladies infectieuses qui furent introduites au Nord. En collaboration avec l'Office National du Film du Canada, l'auteur a retracé l'épidémie de tuberculose qui balaya la région de Coppermine en 1929-31. Il raconte le destin tragique de Jennie Kanajuq, décédée en 1931, dans un contexte de rivalités religieuses et d'incurie gouvernementale.

Abstract:

Despite rich oral, written and pictorial documentation, southerners know little about early Inuit experience of newly introduced European diseases. Working with the National Film Board of Canada, the author has reconstructed the 1929-31 tuberculosis epidemic among the Copper Inuit. He tells the tragic story of Jennie Kanajuq, who died in 1931 in a context of religious competition and government incuria. The provision of a minimal health care delivery system for a population decimated by disease did not seem to rank high in the Central government political agenda.