Curse of the Shaman: A Marble Island Story by Michael KusugakCurse of the Shaman: A Marble Island Story by Michael Kusugak

Curse of the Shaman: A Marble Island Story

byMichael Kusugak

Paperback | July 24, 2006

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Sometimes even shamans get cranky. That was baby Wolverine’smisfortune—to be cursed by an out-of-sorts shaman frustrated by his own babydaughter’s incessant crying. Not only has shaman Paaliaq forbidden the futuremarriage of Wolverine to Breath, Paaliaq’s beautiful but teary baby girl, hehas cursed Wolverine, banishing him when he becomes a young man. And even when acontrite Paaliaq later revokes the curse, the shaman’s even crankier magicanimal will not. Now Wolverine finds himself stranded on a barren island, lockedin a life-or-death struggle to return to his home, his family and a very specialyoung girl.

Michael Kusugak, consummate storyteller and bestselling author,conjures up an Inuit tale of adventure, perseverance and first-time love shotthrough with humanity and humour. This is a story perfect for its pre-teen and’tween audience, where even the strong and the mighty have bad days, the bullygets his due and a dream can come true.

MICHAEL KUSUGAK grew up in Repulse Bay, NWT (now Nunavut).During his childhood, his family travelled by dog sled, living a traditionalInuit lifestyle. He is the author of seven picture books, including NorthernLights: The Soccer Trails, winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award; Hide andSeek; My Arctic 1, 2, 3; and Baseball Bats for Christmas;...
Title:Curse of the Shaman: A Marble Island StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:July 24, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0006395120

ISBN - 13:9780006395126

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brings the Far North to Life This is the story of Qavvik (Wolverine) and his father Qabluittug(the man with no eyebrows). They live in the far North of Hudson Bay in an area near Rankin Inlet, the author's home. When he is three days old, Qavvik is cursed by the Shaman such that when he becomes a man old enough to marry he will never set foot on that land again. For the next 15 years we follow Qavvik and his family along their yearly migrations. It was interesting to learn about their lifestyle as it is so different from the city life that many of us lead. Not only the hunting and fishing, but the frequent making of their snow houses and gatherings with other travelling families, particularly their meetings with the Shaman and his family. I was most impressed with how Qabluittug dealt with the curse. He managed to keep those words spoken in anger separate from his everyday dealing with Paaliaq who is also the Shaman. The story also explores the power of the growing love between Qavvik and Breath (the Shaman's daughter). A third important theme is that of compassion, which is shown by Qavvik toward an injured snowy owl. While this book is marketed as a youth novel, it certainly has enough depth to keep the interest of adult readers. Be sure to read the Preface and the after notes as they contain wonderful information. If you chose to read this book, I suggest you immediately turn to the inside back cover. There you will find the most amazing portrait of the author Michael Kusugak.
Date published: 2008-12-18