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The Giant Bear

An Inuit Folktale

by Jose Angutinngurniq
illustrated by Eva Widermann

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monsters, polar regions, native american, bears
list price: $13.95
edition:Hardcover
published: 2012
ISBN:9781927095034
publisher: Inhabit Media
Description

One of the most terrifying creatures to be found in traditional Inuit stories is the nanurluk, a massive bear the size of an iceberg that lives under the sea ice. Its monstrous size and ice-covered fur make it an almost impenetrable foe. But when a lone hunter spots the breathing hole of the nanurluk on the sea ice near his iglu, he quickly uses his quick thinking and excellent hunting skills to hatch a plan to outsmart the deadly bear.
Jose Angutingunrik, a gifted storyteller and respected elder from Kugaaruk, Nunavut, brings to life a story of the great nanurluk that has been told in the Kugaaruk region for generations.

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Editorial Reviews

“. . . The Giant Bear is outstanding. The depth of its content and its ready-made connections to a science curriculum make it a fine addition to any library.”


“. . . [T]he illustrations had a lot of detail in them and the colours of the illustrations went really well with the story. This book is a good choice for anyone who wants to learn more about the Arctic and folktales.” 

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About the Authors

Jose Angutinngurniq

Jose Angutinngurniq was born at the head of an inlet after his parents returned from a walrus hunt in the area of Arviligjuaq, Nunavut. He grew up in the Natsilik region of Nunavut, around the Taloyoak area, in a community called Ittuaqturvik. Jose first heard the story of The Giant Bear from his grandfather Alakannuaq, who lived to be very old. When babies were born, the first person to hold the child became the sanaji, the one who forms the characteristics of the child. Alakannuaq formed Jose into who he is today.
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Eva Widermann

Eva Widermann is a graduate of the graphic and design program at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany. She worked as a graphic designer for many years before she decided to pursue her long-term dream of becoming a freelance illustrator and concept artist. Her art is deeply influenced by an unusual combination of Franco-Belgian comics, manga, and anime.
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