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Children's Fiction Native American


edited by Jeela Palluq-Cloutier

by (author) Neil Christopher

illustrated by Babah Kalluk

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Jun 2023
Native American, Polar Regions, Survival Stories, Horror & Ghost Stories
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


A bilingual (English and Inuktitut) traditional Inuit story from the North Baffin region. Aulaja must stay alone in camp with only her dog to protect her. She has heard about dangerous land spirits from her father, but she has no idea she will soon encounter one–Mahahaa the Tickler, a being from Inuit mythology who can tickle you to death.

About the authors

Jeela Palluq-Cloutier’s passion is to promote high quality standards of Inuktut in spelling, grammar, and usage. She obtained her Bachelor of Education in 1994 (McGill University) and Master of Education, with thesis, in 2014 (Prince Edward Island University). As a teacher, she taught Inuktut in elementary and high schools in Iqaluit and Igloolik, including post-secondary programs in Ottawa (Nunavut Sivuniksavut and Carleton University). She also worked for Pirurvik Centre, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Inuit Uqausinngik Taiguusiliuqtiit, where she led work on documenting traditional and modern terminology, developing language training programs and materials, localizing modern technology interfaces, and establishing reference materials on standard orthography, grammar, and affixes. She further contributes to the development of literature for children and adults in Inuktut through Inhabit Media/Education, including authoring her own children’s books to promote naming practices and family terms.


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Neil Christopher is an educator, author, and filmmaker. He first moved to the North many years ago to help start a high school program in Resolute Bay, Nunavut. It was those students who first introduced Neil to the mythical inhabitants from Inuit traditional stories. The time spent in Resolute Bay changed the course of Neil’s life. Since that first experience in the Arctic, Nunavut has been the only place he has been able to call home. Neil has worked with many community members to record and preserve traditional Inuit stories. Together with his colleague, Louise Flaherty, and his brother, Danny Christopher, Neil started a small publishing company in Nunavut called Inhabit Media Inc., and has since been working to promote Northern stories and authors.

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Jaypeetee Arnakak is an Inuit linguist (one of only two Inuit linguists in Canada), and Inuit educator. Most of Jaypetee's career has been about the Inuit language. At Nunavut Tunngavik and later at Qikiqtani Inuit Association, he served as an Inuit Language and Education policy analyst and engaged in Inuit language and education discourse at the regional, territorial, and national levels as an analyst, commentator and advocate for Inuit language and education rights. He has also worked for the Nunavut Arctic College as an Adult Basic Education instructor, an Inuit Language instructor, and as an instructor for the Interpreter/Translator Program. He currently works full-time for Inhabit Education, Toronto Office, as a Senior Inuit Language Advisor and is involved in Nunavut curriculum development and as a designer/deliverer of Inuit language courses. He was also recently appointed as an executive director for NBES.

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