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Caribou in the Koroc River Valley, Torngat Mountains.

On the shore of Ungava Bay south of Killiniq.

Exploring Our Dreams: Dialogue between Generations

Felix Pisuk
It is quite a burden to have a dream where you learn something is going to occur. Even though you don’t want it to happen, and even though you didn’t make it happen, some people are going to think that you did. It is best to tell your dream to someone right away when you wake up. At first, when people start hearing you say such things, especially younger people have a tendency not to believe you. When one of you has a dream like this, people are not going to hold you responsible for what happens. You should talk about it right away. You will feel better after having done so.

From the time my wife was very young she would wake up and say that a certain person had just died. It is because of that that I am afraid to have her dream about me. Even though she doesn’t want it to happen, she has always known if someone has died. I have never known her to have dreams where she would predict other things.  (Page 179)
Throughout this chapter, students submit some of their dreams and dreams related during the interviews included in Chapter 15 to the elders’ interpretation. When the discussion comes on the topic of dreams that become true, Ka&&ak, Pisuk and Agiaq admit their existence, pointing out that they don’t always identify the actual people targeted by the event being foretold. Pisuk also mentions that this type of dream is suffered like a burden, since the dreamer is often accused of having some part of responsibility in the event, even if they had no way of preventing it.

One of the project coordinators states that a lot of young people today don’t go to elders to tell them their dreams or simply don’t have access to elders. He asks the three elders if young people go see them to discuss their dreams. Ka&&ak and Pisuk answer yes, but Agiaq, who has been rather cold about this topic since the beginning of the interviews, admits not even paying attention when young people do so. In the past, children and young people would tell their dreams to their parents in order to learn their meaning.

Then, the discussion comes back to tuurngait. Students are wondering if tuurngait can appear in dreams and encourage young people to kill themselves. Pisuk explains that some tuurngait had the power to dig invisible holes in the earth to capture tarniit. He associates this belief with the dream one student had about being trapped at the bottom of a hole.