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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Una Huna?: Ukpik Learns to Sew

by (author) Susan Aglukark

illustrated by Amiel Sandland & Rebecca Brook

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Jun 2022
Native Canadian, New Experience, Polar Regions, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2022
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2024
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


Ukpik’s mother is eager to teach Ukpik how to prepare caribou skin, dry it, and use it to sew a pair of simple, useful mitts. But Ukpik can’t stop thinking about the beautiful new beads her mother traded the Captain for on his last visit. They are so bright and beautiful! Anaana knows it is more important for Ukpik to learn the skills she will need to make her own clothing in the cold Arctic climate, so she insists that Ukpik sit with her and learn the basics, while having a bit of fun, too. Though Anaana won’t let Ukpik sew with the new beads just yet, she does have a surprise for Ukpik that will let her enjoy the new-found treasures while also learning the skills she will need to provide for herself and her family.

About the authors

Susan Aglukark is Canada’s first Inuk artist to win a Juno. She has also won a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime artistic achievement and she is an officer of the Order of Canada. Susan holds several honorary doctorate degrees and has held command performances. During a career that has spanned more than twenty-five years, Susan’s journey as a singer-songwriter has led her to reflect on who she is, where she comes from and the importance of discovery—discovery of history, culture, and self. This time of reflection, writing, and songwriting has Susan coming back to one area of profound knowing: Inuit are an extraordinary people deeply grounded in a culture forged by their ancestors. Her children’s book, Una Huna?: What Is This?, and her upcoming album are inspired by these reflections and cultural connections.

Susan Aglukark's profile page

Amiel Sandland is an illustrator living in the Toronto area. He studied illustration at Seneca College, eventually specializing in comic arts and character design. He has also dabbled in layout, comics, and props making. Rarely found without a pen in hand, he enjoys drawing animals, monsters, and plants.

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Rebecca Brook is an artist working in the animation industry. While primarily a digital artist, she also works in traditional mediums such as oil paints and charcoal. Currently, she lives in Toronto but often visits her hometown of Belleville to see her family and go on adventures with her niece and nephews.

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Editorial Reviews

"A great resource for lessons on the Inuit or larger studies on cultural awareness"—School Library Journal

"[A] beautiful story that is lively and thought-provoking...I highly recommend this book for all readers inside the classroom and out as it is a wonderful peek into an important aspect of Inuit culture." –CM: Canadian Review of Material

"Una Huna?: Ukpik Learns to Sew is an endearing recollection of the learning of traditional skills from a parent who is both patient, wise and loving. It's about being at the crossroads of past and future, connecting to one's heritage but seeing what that might mean for later. It's a big story told skilfully with the essence of the Inuit at its core."—CanLit for Little Canadians

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