Il­lus­tra­tor sought

‘It’s really a project by Inuit for Inuit’

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BY EVAN CAREEN

The InukBook first chil­dren’s book re­quires some­one with spe­cial artis­tic skills.

Last sum­mer the Tra­di­tion and Tran­si­tion Part­ner­ship be­tween the Nu­natsi­avut govern­ment and Memo­rial Univer­sity put out a call for sto­ries for chil­dren’s books to be used in a project called InukBook. They chose their first au­thor, Sa­man­tha Jacque, in Jan­uary and now they’re look­ing for an il­lus­tra­tor.

Ossie Miche­lin, Knowl­edge Mo­bi­liza­tion co-or­di­na­tor for the part­ner­ship, said there are no chil­dren’s books writ­ten by Labrador Inuit in the di­alect of the Labrador Inuit and this project is look­ing to change that.

“It’s really a project by Inuit for Inuit,” he said. “We saw this was a gap and we need to change that. If some­one wants to ap­ply they don’t need to have ex­pe­ri­ence as an il­lus­tra­tor, we just want a good artist. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity.”

The story they chose is called ‘The Christ­mas Drop’ and is about Jacque’s aunt Nel­lie Win­ters’ mem­ory of one Christ­mas in Nu­tak.

In the story, the young girl, af­ter fin­ish­ing her chores, gets her best friend and they go out­side to wait for the plane to ar­rive. Be­fore long some­one is yelling, they can see the plane and the whole vil­lage is out. The plane flies over­head and drops the first para­chute but the wind car­ries it far away, so the men from the vil­lage chase it on a dog team.

The next para­chute comes much closer and when the pack­ages hit the ground, the two girls are so close they are splat­tered with juice when some of the pack­ages bust open, which Jacque said ac­tu­ally hap­pened to her aunt and friend. All the pack­ages are taken to the church to be sorted out and at the Christ­mas Eve ser­vice where the chil­dren re­ceive their toys.

Jacque is an un­known writer and Miche­lin said they hope to give the same op­por­tu­nity for an il­lus­tra­tor.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for an un­known artist and it’s a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all of us be­cause we want to make more of th­ese books,” he said. “This is also us learn­ing how this all works and how to make it hap­pen. So af­ter we pub­lish a few books will be able to give an op­por­tu­nity to a num­ber of artists to be able to have a chance to try writ­ing or il­lus­trat­ing books.”

To ap­ply an il­lus­tra­tor must be a Nu­natsi­avut ben­e­fi­ciary and have the ap­pli­ca­tion in by Feb. 28. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Jodie Lane at 709-9232360 or email Jodie.lane@nu­natsi­avut.com

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Ossie Miche­lin, Knowl­edge Mo­bi­liza­tion co-or­di­na­tor for the Tra­di­tion and Tran­si­tion Part­ner­ship, said they are look­ing for an il­lus­tra­tor for the InukBook project’s first chil­dren’s book.

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