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- DescriptionRich and sweeping illustrations buttress this origin tale unique to Inuit mythology Based on an acclaimed National Film Board of Canada animated short, The Blind Boy & the Loon is a retelling of a traditional Inuit story that explains the origin of the narwhal, an arctic whale kwn for its distinctive spiral tusk, while cautioning listeners against the dangers of seeking revenge. In this story, a boy who has been blind for many years is approached by a loon who says she can help him regain his sight. Before restoring the boy's sight, the loon tells the boy that it was his own mother who blinded him while she was grieving over the death of her husband. Filled with a desire of vengeance, the boy tricks his mother into harpooning a large whale and allows her to be dragged into the sea by the animal. As the mother is pulled to the bottom of the ocean, her hair twists into a tight tusk and she becomes the first narwhal. The boy's need for revenge leaves him and his heartbroken sister alone on the land. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril's mystical, brooding animation has been adapted to a picture book format in this timeless tale.
- Author BiographyAlethea Arnaquq-Baril is an Inuit filmmaker, animator, and documentarian. She wrote, directed, and animated the short Lumaajuuq and directed the documentary Tunnit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos. She lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada.
- Author(s)Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
- PublisherInhabit Media
- Date of Publication01/04/2014
- SubjectChildren's Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintInhabit Media
- Content Notecolour illustrations
- Weight390 g
- Width223 mm
- Height222 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Illustrator(s)Daniel Gies
- Format DetailsPicture book,Sewn,Paper over boards
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