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Ajjiit: Dark Dreams of the Ancient Arctic
Format: Paperback
  • Award-winning science fiction writer Sean A. Tinsley and respected Inuit author Rachel A. Qitsualik lend gothic interpretation to Inuit shamanism in this original collection of dark fantasy for modern audiences.

    Drawing on familiar tropes of the fantasy and science-fiction genres, Ajjiit gives fans of mainstream fantasy fiction and the short stories of writer such as Tanith Lee and Charles de Lint a whole new mythological world to discover.

$14.95

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Caribou Skin Clothing of the Iglulik Inuit
Author: Sylvie Pharand
Format: Paperback
  • Caribou Skin Clothing of the Iglulik Inuit outlines the various steps involved in the creation of traditional Inuit caribou skin clothing, namely the hunt, preparation, and sewing.

    In addition to diagrams and practical instructions, this book is filled with historical information and insights from Elders of the Iglulik region.

    Meticulously researched by former Arctic resident and anthropologist Sylvie Pharand, this book can be used as a practical guide to creating caribou skin clothing, as well as a general-interest text for those interested in traditional skin clothing.

$29.95

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Curse of the Shaman: A Marble Island Story
Author: Michael Kusugak
Format: Paperback
  • Sometimes even shamans get cranky. That was baby Wolverine’s misfortune — to be cursed by an out-of-sorts shaman frustrated by his own baby daughter’s incessant crying. Not only has shaman Paaliaq forbidden the future marriage of Wolverine to Breath, Paaliaq’s beautiful but teary baby girl, he has cursed Wolverine, banishing him when he becomes a young man. And even when a contrite Paaliaq later revokes the curse, the shaman’s even crankier magic animal will not. Now Wolverine finds himself stranded on a barren island, locked in a life-or-death struggle to return to his home, his family and a very special young girl.

    Michael Kusugak, consummate storyteller and bestselling author,conjures up an Inuit tale of adventure, perseverance and first-time love shot through with humanity and humour. This is a story perfect for its pre-teen and Â’tween audience, where even the strong and the mighty have bad days, the bully gets his due and a dream can come true.

$12.99

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How to Build an Iglu and a Qamutiik: Inuit Tools and Techniques, Volume One
Author: Solomon Awa
Format: Paperback
  • The iglu, a traditional winter shelter built in the Arctic for centuries, is a vital part of Inuit culture. The qamutiik, a traditional sled used for hunting, is an essential tool whose versatility and dependability have allowed it to endure over time.

    In How to Build an Iglu & a Qamutiik, Solomon Awa provides thorough how-to instructions on building iglus and qamutiiks, along with general background information on their construction and importance to survival. Complete with detailed, clear illustrations, this valuable resource will teach readers to build these structures that are so central to Inuit culture and tradition.

$9.95

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Ilagiinniq: Interviews on Inuit Family Values
Author: Leo Tulugarjuk
Format: Paperback
  • Through interviews with elders from three regions of Nunavut, Ilagiinniq: Interviews on Inuit Family Values provides a wealth of information on traditional family values. Covering relationships between siblings, elders and grandchildren, uncles and aunts, husbands and wives, and in-laws, this book is an indispensable resource of information on how Inuit families traditionally lived, and how traditional ways can be implemented in the modern world.

$19.95

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Inuit Kinship and Naming Customs
Format: Paperback
  • Traditionally, Inuit do not call each other by their given names. Instead, they refer to each other using a system of kinship and family terms, known as tuqurausiit (turk-thlo-raw-seet). Calling each other by kinship terms is a way to show respect and foster closeness within families. Children were named after their elders and ancestors, ensuring a long and healthy life.

    As more and more Inuit refer to each other by their English first names, rather than their traditional kinship terms, the tradition of tuqurausiit is slowly disappearing. This book presents interviews with four Inuit elders from Baffin Region, Nunavut, about how names were chosen, the importance of using kinship terms, and how the practice of tuqurausiit has changed over the years. Inuit Kinship and Naming Customs helps to preserve the knowledge of this tradition for younger generations, both Inuit and non-Inuit.

$19.95

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My Name is Arnaktauyok: The Life and Art of Germaine Arnaktauyok
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
  • Germaine Arnaktauyok is one of the Canadian North's most prolific and recognizable artists. In this book, she tells the story of her life in her own words: her "very traditional Inuk life" growing up in Nunavut at a camp near Igloolik, and her experiences later in a residential school in Chesterfield Inlet; her education as an artist in Winnipeg and Ottawa; and her return to the North, where she continues to create drawings, etchings, and illustrations that have been featured in museums and galleries worldwide. She also provides commentary on several of her works, offering a seldom—seen perspective on her inspiration and process. Featuring over one hundred full—colour reproductions of Germaine Arnaktauyok's fascinating pieces from throughout her career, this beautiful book provides an in—depth look at one of the world's most important artists.

$24.95

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Stories of Survival and Revenge: From Inuit Folklore
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
  • Stories of Survival and Revenge presents
    three action-packed Inuit folktales: the
    stories of Nuliajuk, the mother of the sea
    mammals; Kaugjagjuk, the mistreated
    orphan who seeks revenge; and the
    Nanurluk, an enormous polar bear many
    times the size of a regular bear.
    Written at a reading level of approximately
    grade three, and an interest level suitable
    for the 12+ age group, this book is a
    perfect pick for reluctant and struggling
    readers.
    With comic book–inspired illustrations, this
    book presents these folktales as they were meant to be experienced,
    with all of the heart-pounding action and awe-inspiring creatures that
    Inuit mythology has to offer.

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The Country of Wolves (PB)
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
  • Now available in paperback!

    Based on the acclaimed animated film Amaqqut Nunaat, this visually stunning graphic novel takes readers on a mysterious adventure with two brothers who are lost at sea. It begins as an average hunting trip for two young men. But when they find themselves adrift at sea, the only safe haven to be found for miles—a mysterious village filled with the sounds of drum dancing and revelry—turns out to be even more dangerous than the frigid ocean.

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The Giant Bear (Inuktitut Version)
Format: Paperback
  • One of the most terrifying creatures to be found in traditional Inuit stories is the nanurluk, a massive bear the size of an iceberg that lives under the sea ice. Its monstrous size and ice-covered fur make it an almost impenetrable foe.

    But when a lone hunter spots the breathing hole of the nanurluk on the sea ice near his iglu, he quickly uses his quick thinking and excellent hunting skills to hatch a plan to outsmart the deadly bear.

$13.95

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The Giant Bear: An Inuit Folktale
Format: Hardcover
  • One of the most terrifying creatures to be found in traditional Inuit stories is the nanurluk, a massive bear the size of an iceberg that lives under the sea ice. Its monstrous size and ice-covered fur make it an almost impenetrable foe. But when a lone hunter spots the breathing hole of the nanurluk on the sea ice near his iglu, he quickly uses his quick thinking and excellent hunting skills to hatch a plan to outsmart the deadly bear.

    Jose Angutingunrik, a gifted storyteller and respected elder from Kugaaruk, Nunavut, brings to life a story of the great nanurluk that has been told in the Kugaaruk region for generations.

$13.95

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The Hidden
Format: Hardcover
  • Forget fairies and forget vampires! Let yourself be drawn into the dark world of the shape-shifters, ogresses, trolls, and demons of the Canadian Arctic. This collection of field notes meticulously documents the dark side of Inuit legends, complete with hideous monsters and unspeakable deeds. Each creature is brought to life by the stunning illustrations of Mike Austin, a world-renowned tattoo artist.
    As the camp prepares to defend itself against the approaching newcomers, Kannujaq and a Tunit shaman boy named Siku discover that the Vikings may have motivations other than murder and warfare at the heart of their quest.

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Those Who Run in the Sky
Author: Aviaq Johnston
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
  • This teen novel, written by Iqaluit-based Inuit author Aviaq Johnston, is a coming-of-age story that follows a young shaman named Pitu as he learns to use his powers and ultimately finds himself lost in the world of the spirits. After a strange and violent blizzard leaves Pitu stranded on the sea ice, without his dog team or any weapons to defend himself, he soon realizes that he is no longer in the world that he once knew. The storm has carried him into the world of the spirits, a world populated with terrifying creatures---black wolves with red eyes, ravenous and constantly stalking him; water-dwelling creatures that want nothing more than to snatch him and pull him into the frigid ocean through an ice crack. As well as beings less frightening, but equally as incredible, such as a lone giant who can carry Pitu in the palm of her hand and keeps caribou and polar bears as pets. After stumbling upon a fellow shaman who has been trapped in the spirit world for many years, Pitu must master all of his shamanic powers to make his way back to the world of the living, to his family, and to the girl that he loves.

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Tukiliit: An Introduction to Inuksuit and Other Stone Figures of the North
Author: Norman Hallendy
Format: Paperback
  • For centuries, Inuit and their ancestors have been building beautiful rock structures across the Arctic and sub-Arctic. These mysterious stone figures are best known as inuksuit. But not all Inuit stone figures are inuksuit; a better general word is tukiliit (singular tukilik). In Inuktitut, this refers to all meaningful stone objects, anywhere in the world.

    Tukiliit is a companion to Inuksuit, Norman Hallendy’s first book and the first serious study of these stone figures. Inuksuit sold thirty thousand copies and was co-published in the U.S. and U.K. Tukiliit ventures to Iceland, India, the Faroe Islands and the Utah desert, revealing the presence of inuksuk-like figures. It features ninety all-new, stunning images of these unique objects created in ancient and recent times, alongside Hallendy’s thoughtful insights into what inuksuit are, why the Inuit build them and what they can tell us about life and death in the Far North.

    Suggested Grades: 8-12
    ABPBC

$22.95

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Unikkaaqtuat: An Introduction to Inuit Myths and Legends
Format: Paperback
  • This exhaustive story collection makes the rich tradition of Inuit storytelling accessible to the rest of Canada for the first time. From creation myths to animal fables, Unikkaaqtuat gives non-Inuit readers a thorough introduction to the world of Inuit traditional stories. This definitive collection of legends and myths is thoughtfully introduced and carefully annotated to provide the historical and cultural context in which to understand this rich oral tradition.

$24.95

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