Way Back Then is a bedtime picture book from Inhabit Media featuring the outstanding artwork by the renowned Inuk artist Germaine Arnaktauyok. This simple bedtime story, written in both English and Inuktitut, introduces young readers to several traditional narratives or legends based on Inuit teachings. Kudlu's children will not go to sleep until he tells them a story of long ago. Before they will shut their eyes, they want to hear about a time long before Kudlu was born, a time when the world was magic.
Our First Caribou Hunt is a sweet and simple introduction to Inuit hunting practices and the proper treatment of game. Nutaraq and Simonie are eager to go on their first hunting trip with their father. As they load up their snow machine and sled for the trip, Nutaraq hopes that she will be able to catch her first caribou that weekend, with some help from her dad. But when the trip nears its end and Nutaraq still hasn't caught her first caribou, she tries her very hardest to follow all of her father's advice about how Inuit traditionally hunted on the land.
Orca Chief is the third picture book in a series of Northwest Coast legends by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. Their previous collaborations, Raven Brings the Light (2013) and Cloudwalker (2014), are award-winning national bestsellers. Thousands of years ago in the village of Kitkatla, four hunters leave home in the spring to harvest seaweed and sockeye. When they arrive at their fishing grounds, exhaustion makes them lazy and they throw their anchor overboard without care for the damage it might do to marine life or the sea floor.
Les Aurores Boréales: joueurs de soccer is the French edition of Inuk storyteller Michael Kusugak's picture book, Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails. In this story, the reader meets a young Inuk girl named Kataujaq and her family. Kataujaq loves the changing seasons with all their variety. Readers ride along with Kataujaq as the family travels by dog team. In summer, Kataujaq goes out to pick tiny flowers for her mother, who cherishes them even after they have withered and died. Kataujaq learns many things by her mother's side.
The Song Within My Heart is centred on Cree artist Allen Sapp's evocative paintings of his boyhood in Saskatchewan together with David Bouchard's lyrical text. In combination the text and images reinforce the love between a grandmother and her grandson as they prepare to attend a powwow. Based on the recollections of Allen Sapp's childhood with his Nokum (grandmother), the paintings capture the everyday preparations of this Plains Cree family. The boy recalls his first powwow and asks his Nokum what the singers are saying.
Kulu Adoré is the French translation of Inhabit Junior's picture book, Sweetest Kulu. A charming bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuk throat singer Celina Kalluk describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic. Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little Kulu, an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants. Author Celina Kalluk was born and raised in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.
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.
Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story by David Alexander Robertson and Scott B. Henderson is Portage and Main's revised edition of The Life of Helen Betty Osborne: A Graphic Novel. Helen Betty Osborne (1952-1971), known as Betty to her closest friends and family, dreamed of becoming a teacher. She left her home to attend residential school and high school in a small town in Manitoba. On November 13, 1971, Betty was abducted and brutally murdered by four young men. Initially met with silence and indifference, her tragic murder resonates loudly today.
Three Feathers: A Graphic Novel by Richard Van Camp explores the power and grace of restorative justice in one Northern community and the cultural legacy that can empower future generations. Three young men, Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert, have vandalized their community and are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But, when they do return, will they be forgiven for what they've done?
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.