Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 8
- Grade: 1 to 3
- Reading age: 6 to 8
Traditionally, Inuit played games in order to be physically and mentally prepared for freezing weather, strenuous hunts, and other grueling conditions that made survival difficult.
In this book, Arctic Winter Games champion Johnny Issaluk explains the basics of agility, strength, and endurance games, from the one foot high kick to the head pull and the airplane. Through straightforward descriptions and vibrant photographs, this resource brings to life this vital aspect of Inuit knowledge and culture.
About the authors
Johnny Issaluk is originally from a small Arctic hamlet on the coast of Hudson’s Bay in Nunavut called Igluligaarjuk. He presently resides in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Johnny has been successfully competing in Arctic sports since the age of sixteen. He has won countless medals over the last decade at both the regional and the national level. When Johnny is not performing Arctic sports at home and abroad, he also enjoys volunteering his time coaching and training the younger generation at the local gym.
Ed Maruyama is an Inhabit Media photographer.
- Unknown, Finalist for William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books
“Coached by games champion Johnny Issaluk, the games are very inspiring . . . and convey a heritage treasury of cultural traditions as well as being fun, challenging, and healthy.”—Midwest Book Review
“. . . [H]igh quality and authentic. It would be an excellent tool for use in an elementary level physical education program.”—The Deakin Review