Child-birth in the past

Child-birth in the past

Child-birth in the past

Child-birth in the pasts

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Référence bibliographique [5289]

Kootoo, Bernice. 2002. «Child-birth in the past ». Études Inuit / Inuit Studies, vol. 26, no 1, p. 175-179.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
Présenter les pratiques d’accouchement traditionnelles chez les Inuits.

2. Méthode



Type de traitement des données :
Réflexion critique

3. Résumé


« There are many cultures that have practised midwifery. Inuit also practised it in the past. Today, midwifery seems to have disapeared among the Inuit. Modern women prefer to choose how and where they give birth.
In presenting this paper we will look at the myths, the pittailiniit (usually referred to as taboos, pittailiniit meaning ’refraining from doing something’), the tirigususiit, (rules to follow) and the techniques that relate to the way Inuit brought new life into the world. Information has been passed on by unikkaaqtuaq (story-telling). Unikkaaqtuaq is something elders did when they wanted to pass on traditional knowledge. It is respectful to sit and listen to what the elders are saying. Today, some myths and pittailinitt may sound silly, but in the past Inuit respected these beliefs. » (p. 175)