“There probably isn’t much to do up here, Akukluk thought sadly.”
A modern Inuit girl learns about traditional ways from her grandparents when she visits them in Nunavut. Akukluk discovers there is an entire world unlike she’s known in the city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. From spotting Arctic hares to ATVing across the tundra, she learns about Arctic life and Piusituqattii, traditional ways, as she goes hunting for duck eggs with her Ataata (grandpa). Akukluk’s family goes back and forth between traditional life and modern amenities, which reflects the reality of the current day Inuit.
This book is one of some of the newest books about Inuit life and culture in Canada by Inhabit Media. An Inuktitut pronunciation guide/glossary at the end of the book helps readers to learn key vocabulary. The soft almost blurred illustrations add to the mysticism of the north and gentleness of the story. Both author and illustrator are from Nunavut, adding to the authenticity of the story. This book is ideally suited for Alberta’s Grade 2 Social Studies: Communities in Canada and Grade 1 Social Studies learning about family traditions.