Alice was born on the land between Repulse Bay and Pelly Bay in December, 1939 to Anowluk and George Qaviut.

She learned the traditional skills of hunting and fishing from her father while she and her family followed the caribou. Alice moved to Repulse Bay at a very young age when the community was in its infancy. Only two buildings stood overlooking Tranquil Bay, the Hudson Bay trading post and the Catholic church.

After her father passed away in 1949, Alice was adopted by Patrick Qagutaq. At age 23 she married Francois Nanorak with whom Alice would have 5 children. In 1984 Francois died in a hunting accident.

Alice worked as a radio announcer in the community for 10 years. She is a traditional singer whom I have enjoyed listening to at several drum dancing celebrations. When I asked about how her life has changed she replied, “Now we have worries like paying bills and how to feed our grandchildren. Before white people, we followed the caribou migration, moving from camp to camp. Life was simpler then.”


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Alice Nanorak
Inuit, Repulse Bay
Image size: 11 x 13 inches
Edition size: 575