Eskimo Boy ~ Life in an Inupiaq Eskimo Village

by Russ Kendall

Hardcover, 1992



Local notes

979.8 Ken



Scholastic (1992), 40 pages


Describes, in text and photographs, the home, family, school, and day-to-day life of a seven-year-old Eskimo boy living in a small village in Alaska.


Original language


Physical description

40 p.; 10.25 inches


0590436953 / 9780590436953



Media reviews

This photo essay describes life for seven-year-old Norman Kokeok, an Inupiaq Eskimo who lives in the village of Shishmaref on a small island off the northwest coast of Alaska. Illustrated with large color photographs. Includes a short glossary of Inupiaq words and a brief description of modern-day Eskimos and Alaska.

User reviews

LibraryThing member memaldonado
Norman is a seven year old boy, and he lives in Inupiaq, Alaska. His village has been there for over 4,000 years, and the people from the Village eat seals, moose, walrus, and salmon. Winter comes in September, and the nights get longer. There is only one hour of daylight, and the northern lights are in the sky. There are many beliefs, and Norman’s grandmother says that if the northern lights are whistled at, the lights may come to the land. Many families still ride dogsleds for fun, and the only way to leave the town is by plane. Caucasian people introduced snow machines, and that is how they travel by land. There are no roads, and Norman has to travel a long way to the dentist. Many men hunt seals, and Norman wishes to go, but he cannot because he is too young. In the summer it gets warm again, ice melts, and days become longer again. The book reflects the beliefs and culture of the Inupiaq people. It also shows readers how Caucasian men have influenced Eskimo villages.… (more)
LibraryThing member BooksForDinner
Denise and I are reading a few young adult books about Alaska along with Brennan to get ready for our trip there this month.




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