The Breathing Hole | Aglu

The Breathing Hole | Aglu

by Colleen Murphy

Translated by Janet Tamalik McGrath

With Siobhan Arnatsiaq-Murphy

Published by: Theatre Communications Group

Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press

144 Pages, 5.38 x 8.38 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780369101105
  • Published: December 2020


In 1535, Hummiktuq, an Inuit widow, has a strange dream about the future. The next day, she discovers a bear cub floating on a piece of ice near a breathing hole. Despite the concerns of her community, she adopts him as her own and names him Angu’řuaq. In 1845, Angu’řuaq and his mate Panik wander into a chance meeting between Inuit hunters and explorers from the Franklin Expedition. By 2029, when surveyors and entrepreneurs examine the now-melting land for future opportunities, Angu’řuaq encounters the passengers and crew of a luxury cruise ship as it slinks through the oily waters of the Northwest Passage.

Humorous and dramatic, and published in both English and Nattilingmiutut, The Breathing Hole is a respectful and profound saga that traces the paths of colonialism and climate change, revealing the devastating scars left on the land and in history.