About Kataisee Attagutsiak
An Inuktitut linguist and adult educator, Kataisee can speak several Inuit dialects. For the majority of the year, she resides in the small Canadian town of Arctic Bay, Nunavut, where she was born and raised. In 2014, she moved back to Arctic Bay to be closer to her mom (she’s her mom’s twelfth child), an experience that has been like learning from a living university of Inuit culture. Kataisee’s mother, who recently celebrated her ninety-ninth birthday, has seen many changes in her lifetime and is not a typical Inuk: she taught traditional midwifery and mental wellness to medical students at several universities in Southern Canada for about eight years, until her retirement ten years ago.
Most of Kataisee’s teachings about Inuit culture are what she has learned from her mother, as well as from other elders across Nunavut, while spending more than twenty years working on Inuit language preservation. Her mother is a strong traditional teacher and her mentor, in what the Inuit call “passing on Inuit knowledge.”
Since 2015, Kataisee has worked with Quark Expeditions as an Inuit Cultural Educator, and she hopes you will enjoy both her and her mother’s teachings as much as she has enjoyed learning them first-hand.