Ahiahia the Orphan

After his parents are brutally murdered, Ahiahia is raised by his grandmother in a camp surrounded by enemies. His grandmother knows that eventually the camp will turn on Ahiahia, just as it did his parents, so she chants a protection chant over the clothing that she lovingly sews for him, over the amulet and necklace she gives him, even over the dog that is his companion. When he is attacked, Ahiahia must use his agility, hunting skills, and the protection imparted by his grandmother to stay alive.

This traditional story is retold by Kugaaruk Elder Levi Illuitok, and illustrated in a comic book style by Nate Wells, giving life to an ancient story for new generations to enjoy.

ᐊᓯᐊᓯᐊᓗ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖏᒃ ᐃᓄᐊᖅᑕᐅᖅᑳᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᒃ. ᐊᓯᐊᓯᐊ ᓂᖕᒋᐅᖕᒐᑕ ᐱᕈᖅᓴᓕᓚᐅᖅᐹ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᒥᓂ ᐊᒥᓱᓂᒡᓗ ᐊᑭᕋᖅᑐᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓂᖕᒋᐅᖕᒐᓗ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᕗᖅ ᑖᒃᑯᐊ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᖕᒋᑦ ᖃᑯᒍᒥᐊᖅ ᐊᓯᐊᓯᐊᒧᑦ ᓵᑦᑐᒫᖅᑐᑦ ᑕᐃᒪ’ᓇᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᕋᓗᐊᖏᑐᑦ ᓂᖕᒋᐅᖕᒐ ᐊᓯᐊᓯᐊᒧᑦ ᐊᓐᓄᕌᓕᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐃᖖᒋᖅᐸᒃᖢᓂ, ᐊᒡᒍᐊᒥᓗ ᓴᓇᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐃᖏᐅᖅᖢᓂ ᖃᓄᐃᑕᐅᖁᖖᒋᖦᖢᓂᐅᒃ, ᕿᒻᒥᖓᓄᓪᓗ ᐊᓯᐊᓯᐊ ᐊᔪᖖᒋᓐᓂᖏᓪᓗ ᑐᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᖢᓂᒋᑦ ᑖᒃᓱᒪ ᓂᖕᒋᐅᖕᒐᑕ ᖃᓄᐃᖁᖖᒋᖦᖢᓂᐅᒃ. ᑖᒻᓇ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᑐᐊᖅ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖅᑕᐅᒃᑲᓂᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᑰᒑᕐᔪᖕᒥᐅᑕᒧᑦ ᓕᕙᐃ ᐃᓗᐃᑦᑐᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᓇᐃᑦ ᐅᐃᓪᓴᓐᒧᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᓂ, ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᓯᒪᑐᖃᐅᔭᖅᖢᓂᐅᒃ ᑖᒻᓇ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᖅ.

Written by Levi Illuitok | Illustrated by Nate Wells

Paperback (Inuktitut) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-452-3 | $21.95 | 36 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Ages 12+ | 10.5″ x 7″

Hardcover (English) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-443-1 | $19.95 | 36 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Ages 12+ | 10.5″ x 7″