The Inuit Thought of It
Amazing Arctic Innovations
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 Other innovations have been replaced by modern technology: slitted snow goggles protected Inuit eyes long before sunglasses arrived on the scene.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.
- Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Book 2008
- Joint winner, The Year’s Best List, Resource Links 2008
- Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award 2008
- Short-listed, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award 2008
- Joint winner, Top 10, Ontario Library Association 2008
- Nominated, Silver Birch Award 2008
- Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2008
“All of these innovations are well documented here, in text that is a pleasure to read. ”- Globe and Mail, 11/11/07
“Chock-a-block full of interesting information and pictures. ”- CM Reviews, 12/07
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
“[An] informative and easy-to-read book . . . attractive and useful. ”- Children’s Book News, Winter/08