M. Shayne Bell's Inuit:
Additional Resources

List provided as a resource for students and researchers.

Dramatis Personae

Brief description, role
Sanak3The book's narrator and protagonist. A 12-year-old Inuit boy. His name is first identified on page 8.
Thule3Sanak's nine-year-old little sister, who is starting her first year of school as the story starts.
Mother3Sanak's mother.
Father4Sanak's father.
Unalakleet4Traditional Inuit shaman/medicine man.
Nulato5Sanak's cousin, who died the previous year while hunting caribou. These events are recounted later in this story.
Kwiguk5One of Sanak's two teachers. An older, very traditional Inuit woman. Name first mentioned on page 8.
Joseph5One of Sanak's two teachers. A modernized Inuit man who considers himself Inuit, but is aware of and supportive of modern technology and knowledge. Name first mentioned on page 7.
Anvik6Sanak's older brother. Old enough that leads his first whale hunt in the story, and is soon to be married.
Nenana9Sanak's classmate. Mentioned frequently.
Talkeetna9Sanak's classmate. Mentioned frequently.
Kendi9Sanak's male classmate. A particularly close friend of Sanak.
unnamed bull whale24A whale (probably a sperm whale) that talks to Sanak's class via translation equipment. Describes the beauty of the sea. Says whales will kill men if men continue to hunt them.
Taimyr30A beautiful young woman. Close friend of Anvik, who intends to marry her.
Sedna35The mythical Inuit god who controls seals and creates the underwater fires that heat the ocean.
unnamed sperm whale37Whale hunted by the Inuit men on Anvik's first hunt. Has been hunted before. Whether or not this is the same whale that was mentioned on page 24 is indeterminate.

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