Takannaaluk is a 32-page bilingual picture book written by Inuk Elder Herve Paniaq and illustrated by renowned Inuk artist Germaine Arnaktauyok published by Inhabit Media. In this Inuit creation story, storyteller and artist combine their remarkable talents to recount the origin of Arctic sea mammals and explains how the mother of these mammals is highly respected. Takannaaluk means the one down there is a term used in the High Arctic to refer to the mother of sea mammals, the most important being in Inuit worldview.
Animals Illustrated: Walrus by Herve Paniaq is a non-fiction book that contains first-hand accounts from authors who live in the Arctic, along with interesting facts on the behaviours and biology of each animal. Readers will learn about how walruses raise their young in the cold Arctic ocean, what they eat, and where they can be found, along with other interesting information, like the fascinating uses for their characteristic tusks. Herve Paniaq is an elder from Igloolik, Nunavut. Ben Shannon is a Canadian-born, award-winning illustrator and animator.