Chapter 13: The Texts
Modern Texts in Polar Eskimo
The texts that follow are the only modern poetry written in Polar Eskimo that I have ever seen. Juulut Daorana has in the past ten years also apparently written poetry in Polar Eskimo, but I have never been able to get a copy of it. The author of these two poems below is Magssanguaq Qujaukitsoq. Born in 1977, Magssanguaq is a young poet who grew up in Qaannaq. He left the region to complete his education and lived for some years in Aaasiaat and Nuuk before moving to Uummannaq where he lives today and works as a teacher. The poems have been produced in the orthography that the author chose and the translations are his own. For the benefit and interest of comparison, I have not reproduced them in the orthography I use in the glossary.
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