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Children's Nonfiction General

Games of Survival

Traditional Inuit Games for Elementary School Students

by (author) Johnny Issaluk

photographs by Ed Maruyama

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Mar 2013
General, General, Native Canadian, School & Education
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2013
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2012
    List Price

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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.

Johnny Issaluk's profile page

Ed Maruyama is an Inhabit Media photographer.

Ed Maruyama's profile page


  • Unknown, Finalist for William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books

Editorial Reviews

“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