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Arctic memories
Ekoomiak, Normee.
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First American edition.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 x 28 cm
Text in both Inuktitut and English describes a now vanished way of life for the Inuit.
General Note:
English and Inuktitut.
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E99.E7 E38 1988 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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"The artist gives readers of any age glimpses into the Inuit culture which formed his childhood & youth.... The result is a work of integrity, an authentic representation of a culture that now mostly exists in memory." -School Library Journal

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Ekoomiak, an Inuk from the James Bay region of arctic Quebec, describes--in both English and the striking Inuit language--various aspects of Inuit life and lore. Ages 8-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-- Ekoomiak is an Inuk (his Cree neighbors, he says, would call him an Eskimo), born and raised in Northern Quebec. A talented painter and creator of wall hangings of felt applique and woolen embroidery, the artist here gives readers of any age glimpses into the Inuit culture that formed his childhood and youth. Each painting or wall hanging, as reproduced in a full or half page spread, depicts an aspect of everyday Inuit life or illustrates a part of the artist's religious beliefs. The text consists of extended captions that may be, depending on the picture, a simple description of an everyday activity, a truncated version of a myth, or a statement of Ekoomiak's convictions. All are presented in English text and the Inukitut text used by his people. A closing section (in English only) discusses the Inuit--their language and their art--and offers an autobiographical note. This portrait of a nearly extinct way of life is intensely personal, especially when the artist expresses his beliefs; it injects genuine feeling into the narrative. Shown are a scene in an iglu, ice fishing, Inuit games, a panoramic vision of the Arctic spring and, movingly, a salute to the centennial celebration of the Statue of Liberty. The reproductions are of high quality on smooth paper, with the colors crisply replicated. The art is faithful to its folk origins, but glows with the sophistication of talent. The result is a work of integrity, an authentic representation of a culture which now mostly exists, as Ekoomiak says, in memory. --Christine Behrmann, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.