Food and the Making of Modern Inuit Identities

  title={Food and the Making of Modern Inuit Identities},
  author={Edmund Searles},
  journal={Food and Foodways},
  pages={55 - 78}
  • E. Searles
  • Published 1 January 2002
  • Sociology
  • Food and Foodways
Although the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic have access to an ever-expanding market of different kinds of foods, they continue to invest considerable time and money obtaining Inuit foods, that is, foods hunted, fished, and gathered within the Inuit homeland. In this article, I explore how Inuit use these two types of foods (Inuit food and non-Inuit food) to express cultural differences as well as personal and collective identity. I focus on three realms of expressive activity: 1) local networks… 

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