THE INUKSUK BOOK by Mary Wallace

THE INUKSUK BOOK

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

paper 1-895688-91-4 For many years, perhaps many centuries, the Inuit of arctic Canada (now Nunavut) have built artfully arranged stone cairns and figures to mark caches, dangers, trails, and special events; here Wallace not only uses these inuksuit to open a window onto traditional and modern Inuit lifeways, but builds cultural bridges by pointing out similar artifacts in other parts of the world, e.g., traffic lights, and goes on to provide simple instructions for creating personal inunnguaq, the type of stone inuksuk that represents a human form. Heavily illustrated with a mix of old and new photographs, many in full-color, plus a dozen of the author’s shimmering silk paintings, this perceptive study makes edifying background reading, as well as introducing an art form that will be unfamiliar to most readers. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1999
ISBN: 1-895688-90-6
Page count: 64pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1999




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