APRIL 27, 1948

INUIT WRITER, STORYTELLER MICHAEL KUSUGAK BORN

Born at Qatiktalik, Northwest Territories, Kusugak writes children’s books based on Inuit life.  He co-authored A Promise is a Promise (1988), tales about the Qallupilluit, Inuit ocean creatures that warn children about falling through the ice.  He followed with Hide and Sneak (1992) and Baseball Bats for Christmas (1990).  Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails (1993), in which a child learns that the spirit of her dead mother is playing soccer in the sky, won the Ruth Schwartz Award for best picture book.  My Arctic 1, 2, 3 (1996), a counting book of Arctic animals, and Arctic Stories (1998) draw on his childhood in the 1950’s.  In Who Wants Rocks? (1999) a prospector realizes that rocks are more valuable than gold.  The Curse of the Shaman, A Marble Island Story (2006), finds Wolverine, cursed at birth by a shaman, growing up and wanting to marry the shaman’s daughter. The Littlest Dog Sled (2008), is about a small dog with big dreams.  In 2008, he won the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature

Source:  F. Thompson, Jon C. Scott, “Michael Kusugak,” The Canadian Encyclopedia, 6/9/2011.  Retrieved 6/28/2019, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/michael-kusugak/
Photo:  Courtesy of Michael Kusugak.  http://www.michaelkusugak.com.

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