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Children's Fiction Adaptations

Way Back Then

by (author) Neil Christopher

illustrated by Germaine Arnaktauyok

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Nov 2015
Adaptations, General, Polar Regions
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2015
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2015
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Nov 2015
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


Kudlu’s children will not go to sleep until he tells them a story of long ago. Before they will shut their eyes, they want to hear about a time long before Kudlu was born, a time when the world was magic. They want to hear about giants, animals disguised as humans, little people the size of lemmings, and all the other wonderful things that existed way back then.


Way Back Then uses the format of a sweet and simple bedtime story, written in both English and Inuktitut, to introduce readers to several myths from Inuit mythology.


This book is the perfect introduction to Inuit folktales and myths for those who are not familiar with this rich mythology.

About the authors

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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Germaine Arnaktauyok is an Inuit artist and illustrator, best known for her prints and etchings depicting Inuit myths and traditional ways of life. In 1999, she designed the special edition two-dollar coin commemorating the founding of the territory of Nunavut. She is the co-author, with Gyu Oh, of My Name is Arnaktauyok: The Life and Art of Germaine Arnaktauyok. She lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

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