Games of Survival

Traditional Inuit Games for Elementary School Students


ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᖅ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᔪᖅ ᐃᖃᐃᑦᑑᔾᔪᓯᕐᓂᒃ, ᓴᖖᒋᓂᕐᓂᒃ, ᕿᓄᐃᓵᕈᓐᓇᐅᑎᓂᒡᓗ ᐱᖖᒍᐊᕈᓯᕐᓂᒃ. ᓇᓗᓇᐃᔭᖅᓯᒪᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᖖᒍᐊᓖᑦ, ᐱᓕᕆᔾᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓴᖅᑮᔪᖅ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᖏᓐᓃᖖᒑᖅᑐᓂᒃ.

Traditionally, Inuit played games in order to be physically and mentally prepared for freezing weather, strenuous hunts, and other grueling conditions that made survival difficult. In this book, Arctic Winter Games champion Johnny Issaluk explains the basics of agility, strength, and endurance games, from the one foot high kick to the head pull and the airplane. Through straightforward descriptions and vibrant photographs, this resource brings to life this vital aspect of Inuit knowledge and culture.

Written by Johnny Issaluk  |  Photographs by Ed Maruyama

May 2013

Paperback (English) ISBN: 978-1-927095-21-8 | $12.95 | 8″ x 10″ | 62 pages | Full-colour photographs throughout

ᐱᙳᐊᕈᓰᑦ ᐆᒪᓇᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ Paperback (Inuktitut) ISBN: 978-1-927095-22-5 | $12.95| 8″ x 10″ | 62 pages | Full-colour photographs throughout

Ages 7–9


“Coached by games champion Johnny Issaluk, the games are very inspiring . . . and convey a heritage treasury of cultural traditions as well as being fun, challenging, and healthy.” — Midwest Book Review

“. . . [H]igh quality and authentic.  It would be an excellent tool for use in an elementary level physical education program.” — The Deakin Review


2014 Finalist for William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books