Aupaluk, Quataq

Author probably born at the turn of the 1980’s in Nunavik

There are no biographical records to be found for Quataq Aupaluk, not even clues as to civil status or gender. In fact, Quataq Aupaluk is a pseudonym made up of the names of two villages in Nunavik. Aupaluk (which in Inuktitut means, “where the earth is red” is a village, located on the western shore of Ungava Bay, about 150 km northwest of Kuujjuaq. This is the hometown of blogger Janice Gray. As for Quataq, also spelled "Quaqtaq" (which in Inuktitut means "intestinal worm"), this name designates a reserved Inuit land and is a village located north of Aupaluk, on the eastern shore of Diana Bay, on a peninsula that juts into the Hudson Strait. The two villages of Quaqtaq and Aupaluk are about 190 km apart. Is this pseudonym a tribute paid to the author’s native land, perhaps to the villages of their parents? As of yet, there is no evidence to confirm this supposition, however, its use suggests that the person using it has a connection to the territory of Nunavik.

In 1998, Quataq Aupaluk published a French-language text entitled “Fantasy illustrating the creation of the world” in Sivunitsavut, the first student journal in Nunavik, published by the Inuit students of Cégep Marie-Victorin (Montréal) between 1994 and 2000. The date of publication of this imagined cosmogony with poetic accents probably situates the birth of its author between the end of the 1970’s and the beginning of the 1980’s.

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(c) International Laboratory for Research on Images of the North, Winter and the Arctic, Université du Québec à Montréal, 2018-2021, Daniel Chartier and al.