Komatik  \kō-‘ma-tik\   A rawhide-lashed sledge with wooden crossbars and runners, first invented and used by the Inuit of Northern Canada, but since used also by non-Inuit people.

The chants and spells in this book were collected by Lawrence Millman from Inuit living in Angmagsalik (now Tasiilaq), East Greenland, in the 1980s. There are songs for a newborn son, by a starving hunter full of joy, and by the greatest dog sled driver in the world; and there are charms for a walrus hunter, a berry picker, and against sickness. There is also a spell to stop an avalanche. The result is a window on a remote culture that has nearly disappeared with the invasion of the modern world.

 

EXCERPT

Available now from Komatik Press and from Bookstores worldwide

 

For a copy signed by the author, contact Dr. Millman directly at:

 

l.millman@comcast.net