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Proud to be Inuvialuit/Quviahuktunga Inuvialuugama: A Guide Assessment

The cover of Proud to be Inuvialuit/Quviahuktunga Inuvialuugama featuring two young girls chopping whale meat.

Title: Proud to be Inuvialuit/Quviahuktunga Inuvialuugama 
Creator: James Pokiak and Mindy Willett 
Pictures by: Tessa Macintosh 
Writer: Fifth Home Books, 2010 
Grade Vary: Gr. 2-7 
Location: Northwest Territories


The Inuvialuit are probably the most westerly Canadian Inuit. He lives within the hamlet of Tuktoyuktuk, NWT, which is above the Arctic Circle on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. The neighborhood is usually simply known as Tuk to avoid wasting time. Though he lives on the town now, James grew up on the land, studying the normal values and survival abilities of his individuals. On this e-book, the fifth within the The Land is Our Storybook collection, James and his daughter, Rebecca, go on a visit to reap beluga whale. Harvesting and getting ready beluga meat collectively as a household is an integral a part of what it means to be Inuvialuit. Be part of James and Rebecca and study how the beluga whale is interlinked with Inuvialuit tradition and historical past.


Proud to be Inuvialuit/Quviahuktunga Inuvialuugama is ready within the Northwest Territories. The creator, an Inuvialuit (probably the most westerly Canadian Inuit) tells the story of a visit to reap a beluga whale via a photograph essay. 

Harvesting a beluga whale isn’t one thing that most individuals are accustomed to. The creator explains the method, however he doesn’t simply share the how…but additionally the why. Why would he harvest a beluga whale? What’s the significance to him and his individuals? What is finished with the beluga whale to indicate respect and never overharvesting? All of those questions are rigorously answered within the e-book. 

It’s clear via studying Proud to be Inuvialuit/Quviahuktunga Inuvialuugama that the creator is passionate concerning the significance of preserving and passing on his traditions. I discovered it fascinating to examine a lifestyle that’s so completely different from my very own. The e-book is rounded out by the creator sharing particulars about his household, his neighborhood, and the Inuvialuit lifestyle. 

I beloved studying this e-book. It’s written in a extremely informative, conversational and fascinating model. The pictures within the e-book is great and is taken by an award-winning photographer. Phrases of rationalization accompany every {photograph}. The e-book additionally features a be aware from the creator, two maps, an inventory of phrases within the creator’s language, historic notes and sections known as “Our Tales”. 

I’m not the one one who loves this e-book! The e-book gained the 2011 Vancouver Kids’s Literature Roundtable – Info Guide Award. 

I’d extremely advocate Proud to be Inuvialuit/Quviahuktunga Inuvialuugama to anybody desirous to be taught extra concerning the lifestyle of Inuvialuit or Canada’s far north. It might additionally make an excellent addition to a research on the Northwest Territories.




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