From the Tundra to the Trenches

University of Manitoba PressSKU: 9780887558221

Author:
Eddy Weetaltuk
Grade Levels:
College, University
Nation:
Arctic, Inuit
Book Type:
Paperback
Pages:
344
Publisher:
University of Manitoba Press

Price:
Sale price$24.95

Description

From the Tundra to the Trenches is the fourth book in the University of Manitoba Press Series, First Voices, First Texts, which publishes lost or under-appreciated texts by Indigenous writers. This new English edition of Eddy Weetaltuk's memoir includes a foreword and appendix by Thibault Martin and an introduction by Isabelle St-Amand. My name is Weetaltuk; Eddy Weetaltuk. My Eskimo tag name is E9-422. Weetaltuk means innocent eyes in Inuktitut, but to the Canadian government he was known as E9-422: E for Eskimo, 9 for his community , 422 to identify Eddy. In 1951, Eddy decided to leave James Bay. Because Inuit were not allowed to leave the North, he changed his name and used this new identity to enlist in the Canadian Forces: Edward Weetaltuk, E9-422, became Eddy Vital, SC-17515, and headed off to fight in the Korean War. In 1967, after fifteen years in the Canadian Forces, Eddy returned home. He worked with Inuit youth struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, and, in 1974, started writing his life’s story. This compelling memoir traces an Inuk’s experiences of world travel and military service. Looking back on his life, Weetaltuk wanted to show young Inuit that they can do and be what they choose. Eddy Weetaltuk (1932–2005), was born on Strutton Island, James Bay. He enlisted in the Canadian Army and served in Korea. He left the army in 1967 and was stationed in Germany for many years. Thibault Martin is a sociologist and Canada Research Chair, Aboriginal Governance, at the University of Quebec in Ottawa.

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