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.
Long, long ago, living creatures could wear any shape they wished. Some flew to the Moon. Others dove to the bottom of the Sea. Animals could have any shape they wishes, so they chose whatever they thought was lovely. In The Walrus Who Escaped, young readers will discover a walrus with beautiful, spiralled tusks, not the long, straight tusks that we recognize today! When Raven comes across Walrus expertly diving for clams, she quickly becomes jealous of Walrus’s great clam-hunting skills.
In Arctic Waters by Laura Crawford is an engaging 32-page picture book about northern mammals such as polar bears, walruses, seals, narwhals and beluga whales as they chase each other around "the ice that floats in the Arctic waters." Not only is the rhythmic, cumulative prose good for early readers; it is a pure delight to read aloud. The book is validated by the marine mammal specialist at the University of Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. The final pages introduce an Inuk hunter into the rhyme.
Unikkaaqatigiit: Arctic Weather and Climate Through the Eyes of Nunavut’s Children is an exciting fact-filled scrapbook of colour photographs, colour drawings, poems, and short stories about the climate written by elementary students from 11 Nunavut community schools. Published by Inhabit Media, this bilingual English and Inuktitut syllabics anthology will appeal to elementary students in southern Canada learning about the Inuit students' perspectives of their home communities.
Lecons de la Mere-Terre is the French language translation of Lessons From Mother Earth, a delightful picture book by first-time author Elaine McLeod. In this story, a young girl goes out to the garden with her grandmother. The child has never visited the garden and the two leave the warmth of a log cabin and begin a long walk outdoors. As they walk, grandmother tells the child about nature and the proper way to pick berries and gather wild plants. They take just enough berries to eat and are careful not to trample the delicate plants.
The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic, and the Whole Planet is a human story of resilience, commitment, and survival told from the unique vantage point of an Inuk woman who, in spite of many obstacles, rose from humble beginnings in the Arctic community of Kuujjuaq, Quebec—where she was raised by a single parent and grandmother and travelled by dog team in a traditional, ice-based Inuit hunting culture—to become one of the most influential and decorated environmental, cultural, and human rights advocates in the world.
The Mackenzie River Guide: A Paddler's Guide to Canada's Longest River written by Michelle Swallow and illustrated by Farah Denkovski, documents the route, history and stories of the Mackenzie River from Hay River on Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories to Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean. Paddler Michelle Swallow takes readers on an 1850 kilometer journey that with good weather and moderate mileage, will take a minimum of 48 days to complete.
In T is for Territories: A Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut Alphabet, acclaimed storyteller Michael Kusugak gives an A-Z tour of Canada's three territories, the northern region of the country that is a giant in size, history, and cultures. Young readers learn about the Arctic Winter Games with sports such as the one-foot high-kick, listen to world-renowned storytellers at Whitehorse's International Storytelling Festival, or experience Wood Buffalo National Park where sometimes visitors have to stop and wait for wildlife to get out of the way.
The Nature of Empires and the Empires of Nature: Indigenous Peoples and the Great Lakes Environment explores, from Indigenous or Indigenous-influenced perspectives, the power of nature and the attempts by empires (United States, Canada, and Britain) to control it. It examines contemporary threats to First Nations communities from ongoing political, environmental, and social issues, as well as efforts to confront and eliminate these threats to peoples and the environment. Essays suggest new ways of looking at the Great Lakes watershed and the peoples and empires contained within it.