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.
Dangerous Spirits: The Windigo in Myth and History by Shawn Smallman, a professor of international studies at Portland State University, in Oregon, traces previously recorded accounts by early missionaries, fur traders, colonial officials, anthropologists’ field notes, and legal authorities about the Algonquian phenomenon known as the windigo. This cannibalistic being with supernatural powers has been recorded in these early records by Europeans and continue to appear as a metaphor for selfishness in contemporary pop culture films and novels by non-Indigenous storytellers.
The First Flute, Whowhoahyahzo Tohkohya is a new picture book collaboration from Métis storyteller David Bouchard and New Zealand illustrator Don Oelze. This book is a retelling of a traditional Dakota story about names and the origin of the first flute. David Bouchard tells the story of a young man given the name Dancing Raven. He was a dancer - the best from all the nations. But the other men and boys in his village don't appreciate Dancing Raven's talent - hunting, fishing and tracking are the truly important talents. Dancing Raven must prove to his village the importance of his song.
La contrée des loups is the French edition of Inhabit Media's graphic novel, The Country of the Wolves. This 87-page graphic novel retells a traditional Inuit story about two brothers who find themselves adrift on broken sea ice while out hunting for seal. They drift in the darkness for many days, until the ice they are on settles on the shore of a strange and distant land. The hunters begin to look for landmarks or people to help them find their way back home. Eventually, they come to a camp and the two brothers split up to find help.
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.
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.
On the Shoulder of a Giant: An Inuit Folktale is a picture book published by Inhabit Media, an Inuit-owned publishing company based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. This traditional legend is retold by Neil Christopher and illustrated by Jim Nelson. In this story Inukpak was big, even for a giant. He loved to walk across the tundra, striding over the widest rivers and wading through the deepest lakes. He could walk across the Arctic in just a few days. But being so big, and traveling so far, Inukpak was often alone. Until one day when he came across a little hunter on the tundra.
The Dreaded Ogress of the Tundra is an outstanding and spine-tingling book, when three children come face to face with one of the tundra’s most fearsome creatures: the amautalik. A huge and smelly ogress that loves nothing more than to kidnap children, an amautalik is one of the worst monsters a child can come up against. In order to escape the clutches of the frightful ogress, the children will have to outsmart her by thinking quickly. This revised edition, originally published as Stories of the Amautalik, shares two accounts about this dreaded ogress of the Arctic Region.
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.
How Things Came to Be: Inuit Stories of Creation from Inhabit Media replaces their 2008 release, Qanuq Pinngurnirmata: Inuit Stories of How Things Came to Be. This 2015 release from Inhabit Media is a collection of nine traditional Inuit stories and legends retold in English by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley.