Reneltta Arluk

Reneltta Arluk is a writer and actor of Inuvialuit, Gwich’in and Chipewyan-Cree descent originally from the Northwest Territories. Raised by her grandparents on the trap-line until school age, Reneltta travelled with them across the north. Being raised in a nomadic environment gave her the skills and imagination to become the writer and storyteller she is. Her first written work, TUMIT, was a one-woman show premiering under Akpik Theatre. A personal exploration of relationships and breaking cycles, TUMIT, meaning tracks in Inuktitut, took her storytelling one step further. Thoughts And Other Human Tendencies is Reneltta’s first book. A collage of poetry exploring relations and culture from the perspective of a young Aboriginal woman finding her passions and the snippets of joy and pain that comes from the experience.

Reneltta has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting degree from the University of Alberta. She is fortunate to continually work as an actor and playwright throughout Canada and internationally keeping her culture alive.
Thoughts and Other Human Tendencies
Author: Reneltta Arluk
Format: Paperback
, 2012
  • A poetry collection where stories of life’s experiences are distilled into feelings and thoughts that are universal. Reneltta Arluk weaves the traditional and the contemporary together through the eyes of a young Aboriginal woman. Her poems, both sacred and secular, are written with the passions of anger, grief, and love, at once tender and furious. Here are tales of love, betrayal, courage, defeat, acceptance, loss, grief, passion, delight, courting, coming of age, birth and death, youth and old age, hunting and surviving. The poems are united by the history of her ancestors and the ongoing struggle to define what it means to be a tribal member, an Aboriginal, and a woman in the twenty first century. 

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