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Beatrice Deer (CA)

Fox Wife, The

Fox Wife, The

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One cloudless night, a fox falls to earth and comes across a family of humans. As the seasons change and they move their camp, she follows them, growing ever more intrigued by human ways—and especially by the oldest son, Irniq.

When Irniq grows older and sets out hunting on his own, he is surprised to enter his tent one day and find the lamp lit, the tea made… and a strange woman who says she is his wife. Tired of being alone, Irniq welcomes the woman. But soon he grows curious and cannot stop himself from asking too many questions. Where did the fox pelt hanging in their tent come from? And why did the fox that had been following him suddenly disappear?

Based on award-winning musician Beatrice Deer’s powerful song “Fox,” this graphic novel reinterprets a traditional Inuit story for a new generation.

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Beatrice Deer is a singer, a seamstress, an advocate for good health. Beatrice has built up a group of musicians for her band—all talented in their own right—and they excel in allowing Beatrice’s Inuktitut and English lyrics to soar over a pop folk-rock sound. Inuit culture, women’s perspectives on life, love, and storytelling seep from all of Beatrice’s music in an emotional and compelling way. Beatrice has four albums under her belt, including an award winner for Best Inuit Cultural Album at the 2005 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Beatrice has been based in Montreal since 2007. She travels north to perform and reconnect with her family ties on a regular basis. Connection to culture and a healthy lifestyle are all important aspects of Beatrice’s life—her advocacy in this regard has made her a role model for many Inuit, young and old.

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