By Norma Dunning
In Annie Muktuk and different tales, Norma Dunning portrays the unvarnished realities of northern existence via gritty characters who locate themselves in tricky events. Dunning grew up in a silenced kind of Aboriginality, experiencing racism, assimilation, and colonialism; as she begun exploring her Inukness, her writing bubbled as much as the skin. Her tales problem southern perceptions of the north and Inuit existence via evocative, nuanced voices accented with Inuktitut phrases and symbolism. As with Alootook Ipellie’s paintings, those brief tales deliver Inuit lifestyles into the truth of the present.
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