The Orphan and the Polar Bear is a 32-page picture book from Inhabit Media written by Inuk storyteller Sakiasi Qaunaq and illustrated by Eva Widermann. In the world of Inuit traditional stories, animals and humans are not such different creatures. Animals can speak to, understand, and form relationships with humans. In The Orphan and the Polar Bear an orphaned boy who is abandoned on the sea ice by a group of cruel hunters is discovered and adopted by a polar bear elder.
Traditional Inuit Stories from Arviat: Unipkaaqtuat Arvianit, volume 2 were collected, translated, and illustrated by well-known Inuk storyteller and language educator Mark Kalluak (1942-2011). Since the 1970s this remarkable Elder has collected Inuit traditional stories about the land of the Far North, the people, and the animals. Each story is illustrated by the author who suffered from polio in his youth making these coloured drawings all the more poignant and compelling.
LIMITED QUANTITY Unikkaaqtuat: An Introduction to Traditional Inuit Myths and Legends were researched and compiled by Neil Christopher and edited by Noel McDermott and Louise Flaherty for Inhabit Media. This collection of traditional stories and legends are retold in this 287-page volume and are organized into chapters such as: Creation Stories; Mistreatment and Consequences: Adventures; Hardships and Famine; Animals in Human Form; and Animal Stories.
Arctic Giants is a new title from Inhabit Media and written by Neil Christopher. This volume contains 29 stories about Arctic giants from long ago. The writer spent years researching the stories from known sources and Inuit storytellers and the result is this illustrated collection.
Uumajut Learn About Arctic Wildlife published by Inhabit Media in partnership with Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Nunavut Bilingual Education Society is written by Nunavut resident Simon Awa, along with Anna Ziegler and Stephanie McDonald. This 30-page bilingual book (English and Inuktitut syllabics) explores the various animals of the tundra and the sea and ice regions of the Arctic. A brief introduction provides additional background for the teacher and the section about the tundra features information about the lemming, caribou, Arctic fox, and the wolverine.
Tales From the Tundra: A Collection of Inuit Stories is a collection of five traditional Inuit stories retold by Ibi Kaslik and illustrated by Anthony Brennan, published by Inhabit Media. The stories include how the raven and loon came to have the colours they carry today. Another story explains the origin of the caribou. Each story is accompanied by intriguing manga art created by Anthony Brennan. Unfortunately the publisher only tells the reader that the stories originated in a particular area of the Arctic. The publisher does not provide a specific source.
Walking with Aalasi: An Introduction to Edible and Medicinal Arctic Plants is a bilingual (Inuktitut and English) resource about the traditional plant knowledge of Inuk herbalist Aalasi Joamie. Growing up in Pangnirtung, Aalasi learned about Arctic plants from her mother. She continued learning about plants and their uses when she relocated to Niaqunngut. From her father she understood how to use plants as indicators much like a compass.
Kappianaqtut: Strange Creatures and Fantastic Beings from Inuit Myths and Legends, volume 1 is a publication from Inhabit Media, an Inuit-owned company that promotes and preserves the stories, knowledge and voices of Northern Canada. This collection is written in English. Kappianaqtut means that which is frightening in Inuktitut.