Inuit Kinship and Naming Customs is an important collection of Inuit elder interviews about current naming and family traditions among the Inuit communities of Baffin Region, Nunavut. Four elders explain that 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 tuq&urausiit (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.
A Children's Guide to Arctic Birds is a 32-page illustrated information book about 12 migratory and non-migratory Arctic birds. The 12 birds are: the Thick-Billed Murre, Arctic Tern, Red Phalarope, Common Eider, Long-Tailed Duck, Tundra Swan, Gyrfalcon, Snowy Owl, Common Raven, Rock Ptarmigan, Red-Throated Loon and Snow Bunting. In this appealing book, the author includes basic information about each bird including its length in metric measurement, feathers, colour, texture, habitat, food, bird's call, nest, eggs, and the bird's English and Inuktitut names.
Avati: Discovering Arctic Ecology presents the as a complex ecosystem that contains many thriving habitats, each supported by dozens of ecological relationships between plants and animals. The Arctic is not a barren, frigid landscape filled with only ice and snow. From the many animals that live and hunt at the floe edge to the hundreds of insects that abound on the summer tundra, this book gives a detailed bird's-eye view of the fascinating ways that animals, plants, and insects coexist in the Arctic ecosystem.
Stories of Survival and Revenge from Inuit Folklore is a young adult selection of traditional Inuit stories ideal for grades seven to ten. Published by Inhabit Media this 80-page book with comic book–inspired illustrations is ideal for the action-packed stories featuring Nuliajuk, the vengeful sea spirit; Kaugjagjuk, the mistreated orphan who seeks revenge; and the Nanurluk, an enormous polar bear 100 times the size of a regular bear. Each story has important lessons and each stresses we must remain human with clear spiritual qualities.
Tulugaq: An Oral History of Ravens is a collection of 69 stories, legends, and anecdotes collected over a 15-year period by northern journalist Kerry McCluskey. Released in 2013 this volume is organized into themes such as creation, myths and legends, trickster, scavenger, and doom and gloom. Each section contains numerous colour photographs, many taken by the author. The collector spoke to many Inuit elders and community members across the Arctic, including non-Aboriginal northerners. Names of the contributors are included at the back of the book.
Marine Mammals is a 16-page board book from Inhabit Media about 8 key Arctic mammals. Full-colour photographs of each mammal includes the bowhead whale, narwhal, beluga, harp seal, bearded seal, walrus, and ringed seal in each mammals own environment. Each animal has its name printed in English and Inuktitut syllabics, Inuktitut Roman orthography. This bilingual board book is an important resource for the preschool child.
Inuit Tools is a bilingual board book from Inhabit Junior series featuring 20 full-colour pages of Inuit technology. This unique Inuit counting book introduces new tools such as the ulu and the stone lamp to young children. Each tool has its name printed in English and Inuktitut syllabics, as well as Inuktitut Roman orthography. This bilingual board book is an important information and counting resource for the preschool child.
Arctic Animals is a 16-page board book from Inhabit Media Junior. Issued in 2015 this appealing early childhood book presents 8 animal full-colour photographs showing a polar bear, fox, caribou, bearded seal, lemming, eider duck, wolf and ptarmigan. Each animal has its name printed in English and Inuktitut syllabics, Inuktitut Roman orthography. This bilingual board book is an important resource for the preschool child.
Chroniques de l'Amautalik: Ogresse de la Mythologie Inuite is the French language edition of Inhabit Media's Stories of the Amautalik: fantastic beings from Inuit myths and legends first released in English in 2009. This French edition about the dreaded amautalik or ogress terrifies two Inuit communities, including five young but resourceful children. In this 44-page children's illustrated book these young adventurers are able to face one of the most frightening beings to roam the Arctic.
How to Build an Iglu and a Qamutiik is a detailed how-to guide for building the traditional Inuit home or igloo and the long sled or qamutiik. Inuk skilled craftsman Solomon Awa provides these illustrated instructions along with general background information on each item's construction and importance for survival in the Arctic regions. This bilingual book contains parallel Inuktitut (syllabics) and English in this 40-page informative title. In Inuktitut, the title is Igluvigaliurniq qamusiurnirlu. It was translated by translated by Saa Pitseolak and Louise Flaherty.