Michael Ipeelee has been the character behind Takuginai’s Johnny the Lemming since the show began. Henry and Michael watch some of the old shows and talk about the changes in hairstyles, clothing furniture, etc. They also talk about how some very young people who were on the show in the early days are not so young anymore.
Michael Ipeelee shares some stories with Henry about the early days of shooting Takuginai in peoples houses and outdoor locations. He remembers people walking into the middle of a scene being shot. He reflects on the value of the stories that were told – especially the morals behind Grandma ‘s tales.
Joanasie Akumalik views some old hunting footage with Henry and discusses the new kinds of gadgets that are now available for hunting. He thinks life was simpler in the past, but acknowledges that there are now items available that make things much safer.
Betty Brewster is an interpreter/translator. Betty and Henry view some old footage of IBC’s coverage of events. Betty talks about the changes in technology – having to load paper into typewriters and using “white out” to correct mistakes.
Mathew Alainga is a hunter and carpenter. He talks to Henry Naulaq about working with his hands. They view some IBC archival footage and talk about life before cell phones with cameras and internet access. Mathew remembers how much production equipment was needed back then to record hunting shows.
Henry Naulaq talks to Pitseolak Alainga who remembers many old IBC programs and the role that those shows played in transmitting traditional knowledge from generation to generation. He is very happy that old IBC shows are now available on the internet.
John Amagoalik, who was involved with the original Inukshuk project that eventually became IBC, talks to Henry about the kinds of production equipment that were used back then. He remembers the heavy pieces of equipment that had to be transported around to create programming.
Simanik Kilabuk enjoys watching the old IBC videos on the internet. He tells Henry Naulaq that he thinks it is great that there are more ways to access various videos, but he worries that people spend too much time with technology.
Miali Buscemi joins Henry Naulaq to talk about advantages and disadvantages of technology. Watching some old IBC videos, it reminds her of her father who had his own beta camera and how much she enjoyed watching the images that he captured.
Vinnie Karetak joins Henry Naulaq to look back at his childhood. He remembers watching Super Shamou on tv and being just like the kids in the show – playing outside, throwing rocks, and getting soaked! He notes the difference today where kids are spending a lot of time on electronic devices.
Malaya Qaunirq Chapman is a former Miss Nunavut, actress and model who has been featured on many IBC programs in the past. She joins host Henry Naulaq to talk about how Inuit fashion design has evolved. She talks about some of the reactions she has witnessed in southern Canada when she has worn sealskin clothing – often to be mistaken for wolf!!
Mike Gardner is a retired Anglican minister and has lived in Nunavut for more than 50 years. Fluent in Inuktitut, he joins host Henry Naulaq to reminisce about an old IBC show where he was interviewed about Halloween traditions in the Arctic – in particular, the use of ashes for make up.