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The Blind Boy and the Loon


illustrated by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril & Daniel Gies

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Feb 2014
General, Birds, Native Canadian
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2014
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2014
    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


Based on an acclaimed National Film Board of Canada/Inuit Broadcasting Corporation co-produced animated short, The Blind Boy and the Loon is a beautiful retelling of a traditional Inuit story that both explains the origin of the narwhal and cautions listeners against the dangers of seeking revenge.

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril's mystical, brooding animation has been adapted to a picture book format that is suitable for all ages.

A timeless tale stunningly told.

About the authors

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is an Inuit filmmaker, animator, and documentarian. She wrote, directed, and animated the 2011 animated short Lumaajuuq. She also directed the 2010 documentary Tunnit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos, about the history and importance of traditional Inuit facial tattoos, and co-produced the 2009 documentary The Experimental Eskimo, a film that follows the lives of three Inuit boys who were sent to live with white families in Ottawa at the age of twelve as part of a social experiment.

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Editorial Reviews

“Part morality tale, part cultural history, part mythic testimony, Arnaquq-Baril’s epic rendering is both preservation and celebration of Native traditions.”

“. . . [A]n accomplished and breath-taking rendition.”

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