When Jewish author/storyteller Sheldon Oberman met Inuit artist/hunter Simon Tookoome, he knew the encounter was special. Still, he had no idea their meeting would result in an amazing collaboration that would span a decade. Through the use of many tape recordings and translations, Sheldon has painstakingly woven the threads of a remarkable man's life into a book for all to treasure. With Tookoome's drawings to enhance the text, Oberman has managed to express the cadence and voice of one of the last of the Inuit to live the traditional nomadic life in the Arctic. The Shaman's Nephew magically transports readers to a cold climate that warms and grows more familiar with every turn of the page.
Shortlisted, Governor General's Award 2000
Norma Fleck Award 2000
Parent's Choice Silver Honor Winner 2000 The Parent's Council, Select Title
2002 Red Cedar Award,
About the Author
Simon Tookoome has an international reputation as an artist. Although he speaks no English, he manages to communicate eloquently through his art. Simon's special understanding of animals and the land, along with the wisdom he learned from his uncle the shaman, make this book an exotic and moving read. Far more than that, his story is an heirloom to his people and a great gift to us all. Tookoome lives in Baker Lake near the Arctic Circle.