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Children's Fiction Anthologies

How Things Came to Be

Inuit Stories of Creation

by (author) Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley

illustrated by Emily Fiegenschuh & Patricia Ann Lewis-MacDougall

Publisher
Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Feb 2015
Category
Anthologies, Native Canadian, Polar Regions, Native American
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781772272598
    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
    List Price
    $16.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781772270433
    Publish Date
    Feb 2015
    List Price
    $7.99 USD
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781927095782
    Publish Date
    Feb 2015
    List Price
    $16.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8

Description

This completely revised and reedited edition, originally published as Qanuq Pinngurnirmata, shares eight classic Inuit creation stories from the Baffin region. These treasured tales have been revised to increase readability for young readers ages 6-8, while new material provides even more contextual information for these important creation myths. New illustrations accompany the new textual material.
This edition is as accessible and enjoyable as it is informative. The perfect introduction to Arctic creation myths for children of all ages.

About the authors

Of Inuit-Cree ancestry, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley was born in a tent on northernmost Baffin Island. She learned Inuit survival lore from her father, surviving residential school and attending university. In 2012, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for numerous cultural writings. Of Scottish-Mohawk ancestry, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley was born in southern Ontario, learning woodcraft and stories from his father. Training as an artist, then writer, Sean’s sci-fi work won 2nd place at the California-based Writers of the Future contest, published by Galaxy Press. Rachel and Sean have worked for decades as Arctic researchers and consultants. In writing together, they have published 10 successful books and many shorter works, celebrating the history and uniqueness of Arctic shamanism, cosmology, and cosmogony. Their novel, Skraelings: Clashes in the Old Arctic, was a Governor General Awards Finalist and First Prize Burt Award winner.

Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley's profile page

Of Inuit-Cree ancestry, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley was born in a tent on northernmost Baffin Island. She learned Inuit survival lore from her father, surviving residential school and attending university. In 2012, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for numerous cultural writings. Of Scottish-Mohawk ancestry, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley was born in southern Ontario, learning woodcraft and stories from his father. Training as an artist, then writer, Sean’s sci-fi work won 2nd place at the California-based Writers of the Future contest, published by Galaxy Press. Rachel and Sean have worked for decades as Arctic researchers and consultants. In writing together, they have published 10 successful books and many shorter works, celebrating the history and uniqueness of Arctic shamanism, cosmology, and cosmogony. Their novel, Skraelings: Clashes in the Old Arctic, was a Governor General Awards Finalist and First Prize Burt Award winner.

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Emily Fiegenschuh attended art school at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, and graduated with honours and a BFA from the Illustration program. She has illustrated numerous Dungeons and Dragons rulebooks for Wizards of the Coast, and has contributed cover and interior illustrations to the novel series Knights of the Silver Dragon. She illustrated the ten-part fantasy story “The Star Shard” by Frederic S. Durbin for Cricket Magazine. Her art has also appeared in the New York Times bestsellers A Practical Guide to Dragons, and A Practical Guide to Monsters. Emily lives with her husband in the Seattle area.

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Patricia Ann Lewis-MacDougall is a Hamilton, Ontario, based artist who concentrates mainly on nature, mythology, and her own personal folklore. She grew up surrounded by the woods and farm life of the Niagara Escarpment and uses that as a springboard for her work. Patricia Ann's career started off with animation and then moved into illustration with companies such as Nelvana, Owl Books, Egmont Publishing, Amberwood Animation, The Bradford Group, and Michael Rogers' Inc. When she isn't busy in her studio, you can find her shopping in her beloved Westdale Village, tramping around Coote's Paradise with her husband Larry MacDougall, or playing with her 100-gallon aquarium full of clown loaches and various sucker catfish.

 

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Editorial Reviews

“. . . a well-written, engaging series of stories . . .”

“. . . [A] complete package of story-telling and art for giving voice to classic Inuit creation stories and meaningful discussions of beginnings and endings.”

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Other titles by Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley

Tanna's Lemming

by (author) Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley
illustrated by Tamara Campeau

Tanna's Owl

by (author) Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley
illustrated by Yong Ling Kang

Taaqtumi

An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories

by (author) unknown, Aviaq Johnston, Richard Van Camp, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, Thomas Anguti Johnston & Repo Kempt

This Place

150 Years Retold

by (author) Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, David A. Robertson, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Richard Van Camp, Katherena Vermette & Chelsea Vowel
illustrated by Jen Storm, Tara Audibert, Kyle Charles, G.M.B. Chomichuk, Natasha Donovan, Scott B. Henderson, Andrew Lodwick, Scott A. Ford, Donovan Yaciuk & Ryan Howe
foreword by Alicia Elliott

Why the Monster

by (author) Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley
illustrated by Toma Feizo Gas

The Raven and the Loon Big Book

Inuktitut Edition

by (author) Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley

Lesson for the Wolf

Inuktitut

by (author) Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley
illustrated by Alan Cook

Stories of Survival and Revenge

From Inuit Folklore

by (author) Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley
illustrated by Jeremy Mohler

Tuniit

Mysterious Folk of the Arctic

by (author) Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley
illustrated by Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley & Sean Bigham

The Walrus Who Escaped

by (author) Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley & Anthony Brennan

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