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Dewey Diva Fall 2022

Ahiahia the Orphan
English Edition
By (author): Levi Illuitok Illustrated by: Nate Wells
Levi Illuitok ,

Illustrated by :

Nate Wells


Inhabit Media - Iqaluit



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paper over boards
Hardcover , Paper over boards


Young Adult : Age (years) 12, Grade (CAN) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 8 - 12, Reading age 12
Aug 02, 2022
Print Run: 3000
$19.95 CAD


10.5in x 7 x 0.3 in | 300 gr

Page Count:

36 pages


full-colour illustrations throughout
Inhabit Media
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Fairy Tales, Folklore, Legends & Mythology
Children’s / Teenage fiction: General, modern and contemporary fiction
  • Short Description

This traditional story is retold by Kugaaruk Elder Levi Illuitok, and illustrated in a comic book style by Nate Wells, giving life to an ancient story for new generations to enjoy.

A traditional Inuit story told by an Elder.

After his parents are brutally murdered, Ahiahia is raised by his grandmother in a camp surrounded by enemies. His grandmother knows that eventually the camp will turn on Ahiahia, just as it did his parents, so she chants a protection chant over the clothing that she lovingly sews for him, over the amulet and necklace she gives him, even over the dog that is his companion. When he is attacked, Ahiahia must use his agility, hunting skills, and the protection imparted by his grandmother to stay alive. This traditional story is retold by Kugaaruk Elder Levi Illuitok, and illustrated in a comic book style by Nate Wells, giving life to an ancient story for new generations to enjoy.

  • A faithful retelling of a traditional story from the Kugaaruk region of Nunavut, told by Elder Levi Illuitok.
  • Many Inuit traditional stories have never been written down before. Many of the stories that we publish have never been written down before, having existed for centuries as tales passed orally from generation to generation. In this case, we have worked closely with the Elder to present this story to modern audiences around the world. This book provides a glimpse into Inuit culture and also represents the preservation of oral history that may otherwise have been lost.

Marketing Plans

  • E-galleys offered on Edelweiss
  • Free educator's resource
  • Targeted outreach to Instagram reviewers
  • Advance reader copies sent to all reps.
  • Advance reader copies sent to all major print and digital literary media outlets.
  • Advertising in wholesaler catalogs
  • Co-op available

Levi Illuitok was born in Qilijauqtuaq, Kugaaruk, a community in Nunavut. While growing up, he and his family travelled by land and did not stay in one place for long. Levi enjoys going out on the land and hunting. He also teaches his traditional knowledge to students.

Nate Wells is an illustrator and designer living in Texas. While studying graphic design at Texas Tech University, Nate began his career in cartooning at the school's newspaper, The Daily Toreador, where he worked as an editorial cartoonist. Nate now works in the fields of comic books, film, and music, creating posters, sequential art, and concept art. 

"The narrative moves along at a quick pace, helped by Wells’s expressive illustrations. Inuit culture infuses the story, as well as the graphics – from the scenery to the clothing to grandmother’s facial tattoo. Sharing stories that the ancestors told – of traditions, myths, and legends – keeps the culture alive and demonstrates the power of kinship, relationships, and survival. In this story, the animal skin clothing – among other things – maintains its spirit; the grandmother has the knowledge and love necessary to create protection for her grandson. As is the case with many Iegends, the moral and lessons of the story are ones that readers can sit with, think about, and interpret for themselves."—Quill & Quire

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