Walking with Aalasi

An Introduction to Medicinal and Edible Arctic Plants

“How can we know who we are,” Aalasi Joamie asks, “if we don’t know about where we live?” Having learned from her mother, Aalasi observed and harvested plants as a little girl in Pangnirtung in the 1940s and later as a mother in Niaqunnguuq (Apex) from the 1960s to today. In this introductory guide to traditional plant use, Aalasi shares her life memories and knowledge of eighteen plants commonly found around Pangnirtung, Niaqunnguuq, and across Nunavut. Fully illustrated with line drawings and colour photographs.

Written by Aalasi Joamie, Anna Ziegler, and Rebecca Hainnu

March 2009

ISBN: 978-0-978218-67-6 | $24.95 | 7 .5″ x 7 .5″ | 128 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Trade paperback | Bilingual Inuktitut and English