Michael (Arvaarluk) Kusugak
Inuit Author & StorytellerBook Michael
Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak is an Inuit author and mesmerizing storyteller who takes audiences on a transcendent journey as he shares his experiences and love for his Arctic home. Michael’s passion for his home and the lessons he teaches through his presentations will inspire all audiences.
Michael was raised in the snow-covered area of Repulse Bay, NWT (now Naujaat, Nunavut). During his childhood, his family travelled by dog sled, lived in igloos during winter, and tents in summer. Michael did not have access to books as a child, but he learned the art of storytelling from his grandmother, who shared the compelling ancient stories of the Arctic.
At age six, Michael was sent to a residential school in Chesterfield Inlet and eventually became the first Inuk from the eastern Arctic to graduate from high school. During his studies, Michael learned to read and write and began crafting poems and stories. He never dreamed of becoming an author until he met Canadian legend Robert Munsch. Robert inspired Michael to write down the legends and tales of his childhood, and they even collaborated on the well-known classic A Promise is a Promise.
Before committing to writing, Michael spent fifteen years working for the government in various positions. In his last posting, he was the Director of Community Programs for Arctic College. Now, Michael devotes his time to writing, storytelling and speaking to educators and community leaders.
When he’s not hard at work on his next project, Michael enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, and looking out his study window at the beauty of the northern landscape, screeching beyond the horizon.
Michael now splits his time between his home in Arnes, Manitoba and Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.
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