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The Legend of the Fog

The Legend of the Fog begins in spring long, long ago. Coming out of a strange dark winter, Quannguaviniq (meaning one-who-pretends-to-be-frozen) decides to leave camp and take a walk. In the distance he sees an enormous evil spirit shaped like a man. He pretends to be frozen while the monstrous tuurngaq puts Quannguaviniq in his sling. Tuurngaq brings Quannguaviniq to his dwelling to thaw so his wife and son can eat. Pretending to thaw, Quannguaviniq beheads the father Tuurngaq while he slept. Running quickly from the cave, the wife gives chase. He traces a line on the ground, creating a vast river between them. She drank the water up then burst, and for the first time, a thick fog settled over the land.

Illustrated in striking mixed media, through speckled collage and graphic images. Told in the first-person narrative by Quannguaviniq.

37 pages.

Author: 
Qaunaq Mikkigak
Joanne Schwartz
Illustrator: 
Danny Christopher
Publisher: 
Inhabit Media Inc.
ISBN: 
978-177227-136-2
Recommendation: 
Recommended for primary readers
Copyright Date: 
2011
Cover Picture: 
Genre: 
Folklore
Themes: 
Legend of the Fog, Inuit folklore, Canadian arctic, Nunavut, oral history

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