The Arctic Sky - Inuit Astronomy, Star Lore, and Legend is co-published by the Nunavut Research Institute and the Royal Ontario Museum. The author, John MacDonald, lives in Igloolik, NWT where he manages the Igloolik Research Centre for the Nunavut Research Institute. From 1986-1997, in collaboration with Inuit Elders, he has collected and documented the area's oral history and traditional knowledge of the Arctic sky.
Art of the Far North: Inuit Sculpture, Drawing, and Printmaking introduces elementary level students to the art forms of the Inuit. The book examines the art of twelve Inuit artists who create sculpture, drawings and prints. The author describes the climate, history and culture as background for understanding the art. She selects seven themes: dreams, storytelling, the sun and changing seasons, the hunt, shamans, drum dancing, and modern life. For each theme she explores several pieces of art that reflect the theme and explains the artist's intention through direct quotes.
OUT OF PRINT People of the Ice - How the Inuit Lived is part of How They Lived in Canada Series first published in 1980. This text for elementary level students covers the culture and lifestyle of the Inuit before the coming of Europeans. Topics include the land, the people, the family, clothing, housing, food, hunting and fishing, transportation, beliefs and customs, arts and crafts, and the coming of the White People. Unlike Riel's People written by a noted Metis author, People of the Ice is simply a description of a fascinating culture. This text is suitable for grades 3 to 8.
The Native Stories from Keepers of the Animals contains 24 traditional stories from Indigenous North American Nations retold by Joseph Bruchac. This rich collection of stories is organized around the importance of our relatives, the animals. From creation, celebration, vision, and survival, the reader is introduced to these important stories about animals that contain several teachings.
Quaqtaq: Modernity and Identity in an Inuit Community is a brief historical analysis of the northern Quebec village, Quaqtaq. The author describes the community's changes into a settled village and its organization in the 1990s. Dorais looks at local identity in terms of kinship, religion and language as these endure despite overwhelming intrusions. He concludes by examining the role politics and education play in the ongoing relationship between this Inuit community and the rest of Canada. Louis-Jacques Dorais is Professor of Anthropology, Universite Laval.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher Teaching in a Cold and Windy Place: Change in an Inuit School is the well-documented monograph about school change in the Canadian context. This first-person account by Joanne Tompkins details her four years in an Inuit school on Baffin Island, Northwest Territories (Nunavut). Tompkins began her teaching in the community of Anurapaktuq in 1987. She notes that the school was not meeting the needs of the community but after four years of staff and community involvement things began to change.
Native North American Art is part of the Oxford History of Art Series and this volume sets out to examine and describe the current state of the arts in contemporary Canada and the United States. Berlo and Phillips are two art historians who bring impeccable credentials to the task. The text introduces to readers an appreciation for the richness and diversity of Indigenous arts from its earliest forms to the installations of modern artists.