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Remembering the Years of My Life

Journeys of a Labrador Inuit Hunter

By Paulus Maggo
Edited by Carol Brice-Bennett
Categories: Indigenous Studies, Autobiography/biography/life Writing, History
Series: Social and Economic Studies
Series Number: 63
Paperback : 9780919666955, 194 pages, April 1999


At the age of eighty-three, Paulus Maggo, a highly respected Inuit elder residing in Nain on the Northern Labrador Coast, began narrating his experiences; from a child riding on his father's kayak to a senior citizen watching TV programs beamed by satellite to the community. His reflections provide a rare insight on the Inuit lifestyle, social relationships, and influences causing change in Aboriginal society during the twentieth century.

Remembering the Years of My Life is the story of a man with compelling dignity and wisdom, and is a testament to Inuit ingenuity, cooperation, and self-governance that existed prior to the union of Newfoundland and Labrador with Canada in 1949. An authoritative introduction traces the genealogies of Paulus Maggo and his late wife, Naeme, to the eighteenth century and places his personal life history in the broader context of Labrador history.


"A small, packed gem of a book. ..a vital contribution to the future of the Labrador Inuit. "

- Veryan Haysom, ARCTIC

“Maggo’s descriptions all either reinforce or augment our knowledge of twentieth-century Inuit culture. ”

- John Kennedy, Newfoundland and Labrador Studies