Arctic Stories

My Arctic Stories


by Michael Kusugak
illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka

I was telling stories to kids in Inuvik one day when I ran out of stories to tell them (I had been there for four days, telling stories.) And then I thought about THE UGLY BLACK THING, that flew over Repulse Bay when I was ten years old. So I told the story. And, along with the story of my grandmother’s pet raven and the the story of our first adventures in school in Chesterfield Inlet, it turned into a book.


Ten-year-old Agatha, an Inuit girl, is the reluctant heroine in this tapestry of Arctic tales set in the 1950s. Each tale has its origins in Kusugak’s own childhood experiences. 

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“The Year’s Best”
—List, Resource Links

“… this combination of recognizable characters and exotic locale will transport young readers effortlessly.”

“… a notable addition to the growing body of Inuit lore.”
—Publishers Weekly

ARCTIC STORIES is the result of a perfect marriage between author and illustrator.”
—Quill & Quire

“These stories are special because Kusugak’s writing reflects a storyteller’s style-and his voice is truly a voice of the Arctic.”
—Halifax Chronicle-Herald

“Kusugak is a wonderful story teller who generously shares his culture with young readers. Krykorka’s illustrations are brilliant and alive with color.”
—BC Parent Magazine

Arctic StoriesDetails

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 40 pages
Paperback  $7.95

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How do you say that?

Amaut: amaut-pillu-it

Amautinnauq: ama-u-tinn-auq

Avataq: ava-taq

Kajuqtaat: ka-juq-taat

Kamiik: ka-miik

Najannguat: na-jann-gu-at

Qaaqtaqtut: qaaq-taq-tut

Qupanuaq: qu-pa-nu-aq

Sigjariarjuit: sig-ja-riar-ju-it

Siksiit: sik-siit

Taimakalauq: tai-ma-ka-la-uq

Taima: tai-ma

Tulugarjuaq: tu-lu-gar-juaq

Uugait: uu-ga-it