Roaring Brook Press Eagle Drums
Roaring Brook Press Eagle Drums

Eagle Drums

By Nasugraq Rainey Hopson


Publication Date: September 12, 2023

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Ages 8 to 12

A magical, realistic middle-grade debut about the origin story of the Iñupiaq Messenger Feast, a Native Alaskan tradition.

As his family prepares for winter, a young, skilled hunter must travel up the mountain to collect obsidian for knapping—the same mountain where his two older brothers died.

When he reaches the mountaintop, he is immediately confronted by a terrifying eagle god named Savik. Savik gives the boy a choice: follow me or die like your brothers.

What comes next is a harrowing journey to the home of the eagle gods and unexpected lessons on the natural world, the past that shapes us, and the community that binds us.

Eagle Drums is part cultural folklore, part origin myth about the Messenger’s Feast—which is still celebrated in times of bounty among the Iñupiaq—told with beautiful, full-color art throughout. It’s the story of how Iñupiaq people were given the gift of music, song, dance, and community.

About the Author

Born and raised in Alaska, Nasugraq Rainey Hopson is a tribally enrolled Iñupiaq author and illustrator. She holds a BA degree in studio art from Humboldt State University and is a student of philosophy and marine biology. She's had several careers, including documentarian and school teacher, where her focus is always on reclaiming indigenous culture and creativity. Find her online at and on Twitter at @Nasugraq.

Format: Hardcover with dust jacket

Length: 256 pages

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Publication Date: September 12, 2023

ISBN: 9781250750655

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