When I turned to religion, I thought the time of danger had passed. I thought the time I’d gone through being an angakkuq was behind me because I was letting all of it go and because I was turning to God. I thought of this time as something very hard to get through and when I let go of it, when it was over, there would be nothing dangerous, there would be only joy. It is written that Jesus will come again. I searched for this in the Bible and I found it. I believe this.
The Transition to Christianity, Chapter 2, p. 73.
The Life Story of
In chapter two, Victor
Tungilik shares the important changes he had to face in his life, especially
when he became a Christian. Victor was living in a camp and he recalls the
first times he saw Qallunaat and
their boats and planes. No Qallunnaat
were living permanently with them and Inuit had to go meet the ministers or
priests were they stayed. Victor's parents were Anglican but they wanted their
son to become a Catholic. Victor explains why he chose to embrace the new religion
and how this choice changed his life for the better. As he was an angakkuq, his conversion to Christianity
meant he had to get rid of his tuurngait
and let go of his powers.
Victor's parents died before
he became an adult and so nobody really taught him how to hunt. Nevertheless he
was able to learn by himself and he shares this process, talking about the
first time he caught a seal. Later, Victor moved to a bigger community,
Naujaat, and started working for the Hudson's
Bay Company. Thanks to this move Victor could go to church on a regular basis
and he recalls elements of the services he attended. He also describes
celebrations like Christmas.
During this interview, Victor
gives several examples of the power of prayer. His father would pray for food in
times of hunger. Victor also prayed during difficult times in his life. He
describes how, as an adult, he started trying to be a better Christian.