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From the Tundra to the Trenches by Eddie Weetaltuk

from the tundra to the trenches

They considered it, but wanted major revisions. His grandfather, George Weetaltuk, was a guide for the filmmaker Robert Flaherty in the making of his ground-breaking documentary, Nanook of the North. A remarkable tale long overdue. He enlisted in the Canadian Army and served in Korea. .

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From the Tundra to the Trenches by Eddy Weetaltuk

from the tundra to the trenches

From the Tundra to the Trenches is the fourth book in the First Voices, First Texts series, which publishes lost or underappreciated texts by Indigenous writers. He went to school in Fort George, and finished the eighth grade at boarding school. Your real place is there … you will be able to succeed there … Our laws are foolish; we should not be preventing Eskimos from going anywhere. How did his community accept him? I was going to show the world how an Inuk fights and dies. Eddy joined the army and was sent to Korea. He first wrote down his tale in 1974. It is perhaps worth noting that, at a time when Canadian media is obsessed with the subject of abuse encountered by indigenous students at residential schools, and indigenous authors are documenting their own experiences of abuse, this book is not of that genre.

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Nonfiction Book Review: From the Tundra to the Trenches by Eddy Weetaltuk. Univ. of Manitoba (Michigan State Univ., U.S. dist.; UTP, Canadian dist.), $27.95 trade paper (344p) ISBN 978

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With the help of a friend, he sent the handwritten manuscript of about 200 pages, along with 20 drawings—for Eddy was an artist as well as a writer—to the National Museum of Man in Ottawa now the Canadian Museum of History. Martin had previously met Eddy while doing research for his doctorate, and the two began a collaborative editing process. Theresa School at Fort George to obtain a complete education. Following his Korean service, he trained as a parachutist in Manitoba, then was stationed for many years in Germany before finally leaving the Army in 1967 and returning to northern Quebec. Be proud of being Inuit and always remember that your ancestors had to fight every single day of their lives to survive.

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Arctic Book Review: From the Tundra to the Trenches

from the tundra to the trenches

Be proud of being Inuit and always remember that your ancestors had to fight every single day of their lives to survive. Weetaltuk, believed to be the first Inuit man to serve in the Canadian armed forces, assumed a false identity, using the name Eddy Vital, to enlist, because at the time Inuit people were not allowed to leave the North. Eddy Weetaltuk 1932—2005 , was born on Strutton Island, James Bay. Always curious about the world outside his small community, and encouraged by a Catholic priest, in 1951 Eddy made a fateful decision — to go south. Above all he wanted to show bravery and what is truly remarkable is his sense of humbleness. He saw battle there, and sought his solace, like many young soldiers, in alcohol and in the brothels of Japan and Korea.

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From the Tundra to the Trenches by Eddy Weetaltuk

from the tundra to the trenches

Finally, it has appeared in English, in the University of Manitoba series, First Voices, First Texts. In 1967, after fifteen years in the Canadian Forces, Eddy returned home. Eddy deserved that, and we, the readers, deserve it too. Isabelle St-Amand is a ssHrc Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with the department of native studies, university of Manitoba. Unfortunately he experiences cruelty and discrimination when he finds himself in military prison. In 2015, a German language edition was produced. From the Tundra to the Trenches is the fourth book in the First Voices, First Texts series, which publishes lost or underappreciated texts by Indigenous writers.

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From the Tundra to the Trenches

from the tundra to the trenches

It was not just the war itself that had impacted him, but also his interactions with the Koreans and Japanese who sometimes mistook him for one of their own. 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. He saw battle there, and sought his solace, like many young soldiers, in alcohol and in the brothels of Japan and Korea. He wanted his work to serve as an encouragement to Inuit youth to achieve their potential. How did his community accept him? Eddy agreed to the transfer, believing that the war museum might take more of an interest in his story and finally publish it.

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From the Tundra to the Trenches by Eddy Weetaltuk

from the tundra to the trenches

So begins From the Tundra to the Trenches. After the war he decides to re enlist and goes to Germany where he submerses himself into another culture and learns to speak German. He first wrote down his tale in 1974. Do whatever it takes but go south. He was born in 1932 on Strutton Island in James Bay, one of twelve children.

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From the Tundra to the Trenches, a gripping memoir of an Inuk soldier in the army

from the tundra to the trenches

He worked with Inuit youth struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, and, in 1974, started writing his life s story. Always curious about the world outside his small community, and encouraged by a Catholic priest, in 1951 Eddy made a fateful decision—to go south. It is now your turn to be strong and courageous. They considered it, but wanted major revisions. In 1951, Eddy decided to leave James Bay. Eddy deserved that, and we, the readers, deserve it too. From the Tundra to the Trenches is the fourth book in the First Voices, First Texts series, which publishes lost or underappreciated texts by Indigenous writers.

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