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Featured Children's Book: The Inuit Thought of It by Alootook Ipellie

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Featured Children's Book: The Inuit Thought of It by Alootook Ipellie

Annick Press, 2007

About the book:
Today’s Arctic communities have all the comforts of modern living. Yet the Inuit survived in this harsh landscape for hundreds of years with nothing but the land and their own ingenuity. Join authors Alootook Ipellie and David MacDonald as they explore the amazing innovations of traditional Inuit and how their ideas continue to echo around the world.

Some inventions are still familiar to us: the one-person watercraft known as a kayak still retains its Inuit name. Other innovations have been replaced by modern technology: slitted snow goggles protected Inuit eyes long before sunglasses arrived on the scene. Andother ideas were surprisingly inspired: using human-shaped stone stacks (Inunnguat) to trick and trap caribou.

Many more Inuit innovations are explored here, including:

  • Dog sleds
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Kids’ stuff
  • Food preservation
  • Medicine.

In all, more than 40 Inuit items and ideas are showcased through dramatic photos and captivating language. From how these objects were made, to their impact on contemporary culture, The Inuit Thought of It is a remarkable catalogue of Inuit invention.

About the author:
Alootook Ipellie's many achievements encompass a multitude of written and visual communications. His impressive body of work chronicles and illustrates the triumphs and tribulations of his people, the Inuit, in their struggle to adapt from a nomadic way of life to settled communities. Alootook experienced these struggles personally, as he was born on the land in a small hunting camp, Nuvuqquq, in 1951. His family relocated to the community of Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit) when he was four.

Alootook's work reflects his intelligence, sensitivity, and creativity; his ideas are conveyed through journalism, fiction, poetry, essays, and various artistic media including pen-and-ink drawings, cartoons, design projects, animation, and photography. He has also written a weekly column for Nunatsiaq News called "Ipellie's Shadow."

He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

From the Annick Press website. Visit the site to read more about The Inuit Thought of It.