Sukaq and the Raven
Sukaq is a boy who has an overactive imagination. One night his anaana tells him a bedtime story about how the world is created. Sukaq imagines himself on the back of the raven creating the universe. It makes the Earth out of snow. The raven is magic. It makes the sun, the moon, and a person with seeds. Then the raven changes into a man. His wings turn into a parka. Sukaq falls off, and he wakes up from his daydream, and he’s in bed.
Who is anaana? Maybe she’s Sukaq’s aunt or grandmother. This is an Inuvialuit tale. I like the story. My favorite part is the Earth is made out of a snowball. The people who came up with this story lived in the Arctic. If I grew up in the Arctic, I’d believe the whole world was snow, too.
The illustrations look like paper cutouts with strings, which they took a picture of. The strings hold flying things and stars. I really like it. There are multiple pictures to show something moving or changing over time.
I would like more information about the culture. I’d like to read more stories like this.
Roy Goose • Kerry McCluskey • Soyeon Kim, Illustrator