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How Nivi Got Her Names
How Nivi Got Her Names

How Nivi Got Her Names

By Laura Deal, Illustrated by Charlene Chua



36 Pages, 8.5 x 8.5

Formats: Paperback Picture Book

Paperback Picture Book, $10.95 (US $10.95)

Publication Date: April 2017

ISBN 9781772271379

Rights: US

Inhabit Media (Apr 2017)

Price: $10.95


A beautiful introduction to traditional Inuit naming practices as told through a young girl's adoption story

Nivi has always known that her names were special, but she does not know where they came from. One sunny afternoon, Nivi decides to ask her mom. The stories of the people Nivi is named after lead her to an understanding of traditional Inuit naming practices and knowledge of what those practices mean to Inuit people. How Nivi Got Her Names is an easy-to-understand introduction to traditional Inuit naming, with a story that touches on Inuit custom adoption.

Author Biography

Laura Deal was born and raised in a small farming town in Nova Scotia. As a young adult, she climbed aboard an airplane and moved to Iqaluit, Nunavut. Since 2005, she has rooted herself in the Canadian Arctic and started a family. She wrote this story for her three-year-old daughter, Niviaq, who was adopted through traditional Inuit custom adoption. Charlene Chua worked as a web designer, senior graphic designer, web producer and interactive project manager before she decided to pursue illustration as a career. She illustrated the children's picture books Julie Black Belt: The Kung Fu Chronicles and Julie Black Belt: The Belt of Fire. She lives in Toronto.