About Hunting With My Ancestors

Hunting With My Ancestors is a television series featuring Zacharias Kunuk as host, hunter, and filmmaker. Showcasing some of the best hunters in the world, in the most inhospitable environment on earth, Hunting With My Ancestors is unlike any series currently on television. Zacharias brings viewers along on an arctic journey with Inuit elders and youth as they follow ancient hunting practices established over 4,000 years ago, adapted resourcefully and effectively to the world today. Amid the backdrop of rapidly changing conditions in the arctic – global warming, mining and development, increasing government restrictions and the impacts of global media on Inuit language and culture - Zacharias explores this continuing activity of hunting at the core of Inuit identity.

Angunasugiirtillugit (After the Hunt) is the companion digital media website for this 7 part television series Hunting with my Ancestors. This Digital Media site (DM), features media content enhancing the television series, giving a viewer a more comprehensive view of the activities, nature and importance of hunting for Inuit. Our DM goes deeper into the Inuit hunting experience by showing what happens after the hunt with the skill and expertise working with every part of the hunted animals.

In Hunting with my Ancestors, Zacharias Kunuk traveled and hunted with Inuit elders. The Inuit elders talked about their specific techniques and approaches to hunting arctic animals.  Each episode reflects on the relevant historical context to people, the land, animals and community featured in that episode. Each of the TV series episodes is reflected in the structure of the Angunasugiirtillugit (After the Hunt) website, with layers of information and content choices for the user/viewer.

Adding to the experience of each episode, with videos of what happens after the hunt, the DM also presents video out-takes from each animal hunt, bonus interviews with elders; as well as related information to create a knowledge archive of cultural value around Inuit ways of hunting. Users can read-up on the subjects explored in each episode through research and archival materials made available under an information section on the website, giving the user an in-depth look at hunting, animals, Inuit life – all in connection to each animal featured in the hunting episode.