Publication on Inuit botany by IRBV researcher Alain Cuerrier

The Avataq Cultural Institute has published a recent study in ethnobotany by IRBV researcher Alain Cuerrier, entitled “Le savoir botanique des Inuits d’Umiujaq et Kuujjuarapik, Nunavik”. Based on research conducted in 2005, the author presents ethnobotanical information collected from elders in two Hudson Bay communities, Kuujjuarapik and Umiujaq, focusing on plant use by the Inuit. This rich compendium of living knowledge also features a glossary of terms for plant parts and a list of plant names, both in Inuktitut. Prior to publication of this volume, little information was available in print about the relationship between the Inuit of Nunavik and the flora of their territory. This product of IRBV research is a particularly beautiful volume, illustrated by the author’s photos from his travels in the North.