The vast size as well as the harsh climate of Nunavut enabled the small Inuit residents to maintain and preserve their traditional nomadic lifestyle. The Inuit of Nunavut have also tried to manage and maintain their unique music, intricate carving skills, Inuktitut language and others that have something to do with their great culture. Inuktitut language is considered as the mother tongue of about 65% of the population.
Nunavut is also known as an Arctic territory wherein the Inuit population makes the region rich in culture and arts. During warm summer day, most of the community’ carvers are sitting outside while releasing polar bears as well as the dancing walruses from the chunks of antler, bone or marble: make an offer then purchase creations fresh and warm from the hands of the sculptors. The Inuit of Nunavut have greatly done lots of tremendous jobs just to make sure that will be able to preserve their culture all throughout the year.
Nunavut’s Cultural Life
Despite of the existence of modern influences as well as the North American media, lots of traditional elements from the Inuit culture have been preserved and continuously followed and performed. After the World War II and years that have passed, author and Canadian artist James Archibald, assisted by Hudson’s Bay Company, became instrumental particularly in the aspect of promoting and selling Inuit art. The public policy continued to encourage and boost the improvement as well as the development of arts and crafts based on the Inuit tradition, which includes weavings, stone carvings, and prints. Because of this, the Inuit communities have been provided with essential supplementary source of income. Aside from the given opportunity to the communities, the Inuit culture started to become popular especially to collectors all over the world.
More about the Nunavut Culture
Before and during the the birth of the 21st century Nunavut had also improved their music in the modern context. The Nunavut’s indigenous music includes Inuit drum-led dancing and throat singing. Their music is also associated with bluegrass, country music, square dancing, the fiddle and the button accordion, which is considered as an infusion of the European influence.
Nunavut is also famous when it comes to performing arts. In fact, they have the so called Artcirq wherein it is composed of the best Inuit circus performers coming from Igloolik, the Inuit’s hamlet. This group has already performed in the different parts of the world that includes the 2010 Olympic Winter Games held in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In addition to arts, music and performing arts, Nunavut is also famous when it comes to film production. Isuma is one of the film production companies in Inuit, which is based also in Igloolik. This company has been co-founded by Norman Cohn and Zacharias Kunuk in 1990. This is the company that produced the Atanarjuat 1999 feature, which has also received an award, Camera d’Or because of winning the Best First Feature Film in the Cannes Film Festival year 2001. This was the first feature film which has been written, directed and later on acted wholly in the Inuktitut.
It was November 2006 when the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation and National Film Board Canada have announced the beginning of the Nunavut Animation Lab wherein it is offering training to the aspiring Nunavut artists. The training is held at the workshops of Cape Dorset, Pangnirtung and Iqaluit. Some of the films developed in the Nunavut Animation Lab are, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s 2010 digital animation short Lumaajuuq that soon received the award of being the Best Aboriginal Award held in the Golden Sheaf Awards ceremony. Not only that, because the film has also been called in the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival as the Best Canadian Short Drama.
In addition to that, year 2011 when NFB and Nunavut have jointly announced that they will be launching DVD as well as online collection which are entitled as Unikkausivut or Inuktitut: Sharing Our Stories. They have also announced that they will be making more than 100 NFB films and regarding Inuit made available on Inuinnaqtun, Inuktitut, as well as other Inuit languages, French and English. The Nunavut Government is also distributing Unikkausivut to schools around the Nunavut territory.
At Nunavut, you can also find there the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation. The CBC or the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is serving the territory of Nunavut by means of television and radio production centre at Iqaluit as well as bureau in Rankin Inlet. In addition to that, this territory is provided with newspapers by two publishers. First is the Nunatsiaq News which is being published and provided by the Nortext and second is Nunavut News/North wherein this is published by the Northern News Services that have also published the regional Kivalliq News in Nunavut. The territory’s broadband internet is being provided through Netkaster by Northwestel and Qiniq.
Sports and Recreation
Various winter sports like curling and hockey is very much popular in Nunavut. These games are known as snowmobile and dogsled traditional racing Arctic games. They also have outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, kayaking, which truly attract more visitors and tourists to the territory. At Nunavut, there is wide portion of land which is preserved and protected like Quttinirpaaq National Park which can be found on Ellesmere Island; Ukkusiksalik National Park on the mainland; Auyuittuq National Park found on Baffin Island; Queen Maud Gulf Migratory Bird Sanctuary, also on the mainland; and Sirmilik National Park on the northern part of Bylot Island Baffin Island as well as Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary that is sharing the territory with Northwest Territories.
Knowing the Nunavut culture is indeed a great experience. Once you have discovered the richness of their cultural heritage, you will surely be amazed with their ways and capabilities to preserve their traditional culture and arts. The Nunavut people have also tried to do their best in order to improve their culture and make sure that everyone will have better life and future. Nunavut culture is indeed on the richest cultures in the world.