April 14, 2009

The survival of the Inuit people depends on the survival of the language. When people meet Inuit, they are disappointed if they cannot show their knowledge of Inuit ways … If the Inuit themselves don’t use their language more, it will be forgotten, and very soon the Inuit too will be a forgotten people …

There are only very few Inuit, but millions of whites, just like mosquitoes. It is something very special and wonderful to be an Inuk – they are like the snow geese. If an Inuk forgets his language and Inuit ways, he will be nothing but just another mosquito.

Abraham Okpik, 1962


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