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Part Qallunaaq
Chapter 27. Names and Lineages


From here on, there is a lifetime of family connections and names to process and absorb. Compared to sighing in un-fulfillable longing of not knowing where part of you comes from, this is all a pleasant task. Now, our children and grandchildren will know where our Qallunaaq genes come from, and be proud of it. We will be able to construct a complete ancestral chart, and we now have photographs to hang beside the pictures of our Inuit forbears on our walls.

Our Inuk great-great-grandfather was Suglualualuk, whose wife was Uiyakkialuk. Our Scottish great-great-grandfather was Stewart Peter, born about 1835, whose wife was Jean Mackenzie. Our Inuk great-grandfather was Patsauraaluk, whose wife was Qupiqrualuk. Our Scottish great-grandfather was William Mackenzie Peter, (b. Sept. 8, 1864, d. Dec. 7, 1937), whose wife was Alice Thomson Cathro. The Scottish records provide accurate approximations of the life spans of each generation of our Inuit ancestors.

Our Inuk grandfather was Aisa Tulugak (1899-1971), whose wife was Eemeelie Nujarlutuq. Our Scottish grandfather was William Mackenzie Peter (1901-1972), who, with our grandmother, Kaajuula Nujarlutuq, bore our mother. Our father, Tamusi Naqtai Tulugak (1931-1994), and our mother, Winifred (Winnie) Pauyungie (1927-1995) got married in 1947, and had seven children, in the following order: Joanasie Qinnuajuaq, Zebedee Nungak, Aliva Tuktu, Harry Aullaluk, Poasie Patsauraaluk, Talasia Aullaq, and Alacie Aqiaruq.

Previously, the whole Scottish side of our family picture was blank. We, the children of our mother, never knew our Qallunaaq grandfather for most of our years. We only knew he was Scottish. Any indifference toward him was made normal by having never known a thing about the man. Besides not knowing where to search, we never perceived ourselves as any different from other Inuit, and have not been particularly motivated to investigate our Scottish roots.

Many of our grandchildren’s names will be inspired from the stock of our Scottish relatives’ names. I am happy for this. Names given from our Scottish relatives will have familial meaning. The two branches of our family, separated by time, culture, and an ocean, will be fused closer together by the practice of name-saking, called “giving of sauniq” in Inuktitut. I might name a grandson Stewart Suglualualuk Nungak, after our two great-great-grandfathers.

And finally, consider the special poetry of this bond: My granddaughter Kaajuula, named after my maternal grandmother, was born on December 28, 2000: Ninety-nine years to the day of William Mackenzie Peter’s birth, on December 28, 1901! The Scots would call this “coincidence” – uncanny!


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