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Amazing Arctic Innovations

We Thought of It series

by Alootook Ipellie
with David MacDonald

The Year’s Best List, Resource Links Children’s Non-Fiction Top 10 List, Ontario Library Association Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Skipping Stones Honor Book Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award finalist Rocky Mountain Book Award finalist Silver Birch Award nomination

Today’s Arctic communities have all the comforts of modern living. Yet the Inuit survived in this harsh landscape for hundreds of years with nothing but the land and their own ingenuity. Join authors Alootook Ipellie and David MacDonald as they explore the amazing innovations of traditional Inuit and how their ideas continue to echo around the world.

Some inventions are still familiar to us: the one-person watercraft known as a kayak still retains its Inuit name. Other innovations have been replaced by modern technology: slitted snow goggles protected Inuit eyes long before sunglasses arrived on the scene. Andother ideas were surprisingly inspired: using human-shaped stone stacks (Inunnguat) to trick and trap caribou.

Many more Inuit innovations are explored here, including:
• Dog sleds • Shelter • Clothing • Kids’ stuff • Food preservation • Medicine.

In all, more than 40 Inuit items and ideas are showcased through dramatic photos and captivating language. From how these objects were made, to their impact on contemporary culture, The Inuit Thought of It is a remarkable catalogue of Inuit invention.


“This slim but comprehensive look at Inuit technology and culture is an inspiring reference for Inuit children and will be illuminating for everyone else.”
—Quill & Quire, 10/07

“Chock-a-block full of interesting information and pictures.”
—CM Reviews, 12/07

“[An] informative and easy-to-read book . . . attractive and useful.”
—Children’s Book News, Winter/08

“All of these innovations are well documented here, in text that is a pleasure to read.”
—Globe and Mail, 11/11/07