Inuujait

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08 August 2011

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Three elders from Igloolik are making inuujait ( inuit traditional dolls )  so that this skill is not forgotten. They also demonstrate the cultural changes that recent generations of Inuit went through in the last 100 years by creating three families of inuujait : an old time family living in a qarmaq, a family of the 50's and a contemporary family.

Susan Avingaq, the leader of the project created the inuujait of today.

Mary Qulitalik created the late 50's style inuujait and Rebecca Malliki created the traditional inuit dolls, clothed in furs.

 

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  • 1m 52s

    Why this Project Of inuuja

    uploaded by: Anonymous

    channel: Inuujait

    This project of inuuja is a great teaching tool for a workshop that involves our culture and to show the last three generations of the life we have lived and how it has changed, when there was little wood and metal available in inuit settlements, when most of the inuit still lived in sod houses and when only a few house where made.

    This project of inujja is a great way to teach our youth and children.

    All the inujja are made in different clothing that where tough by our mothers, to teach us how to measure and make the clothing, that has been passed on by our antcoistors and we use them for our clothing, this was the way they would teach the girls to know knowledge and survive in their environment, learning how to sew and make clothing and what were their responsibilities.

    Inujjaa (inuit traditional dolls) that is made with small pieces of wood, bones and traditional clothing are the original inujjaa we would use, also the fur, bones and rock were the only one available for their toys.  The one who is making the original inujjaa is measuring the clothing that her mother had tought her.  This show a great way to learn and teach our culture. That is why I have decided to make the project of Inujjaa.

    uploaded date: 04-11-2011

  • 3m 35s

    Why it is important

    uploaded by: Anonymous

    channel: Inuujait

    From my experience , I wanted to see and imagine what they where talking about , I have been working in films as a art director and it was challenging for me because I thought I knew my culture when I was growing up , but when I had to decide on a set ,it was hard to remember and I have forgotten a lot that are important and I needed to see in order to remember how it was made and how it was u

    uploaded date: 04-11-2011

  • 3m 4s

    it was hard to have inuuja

    uploaded by: Anonymous

    channel: Inuujait

    It was hard to get a new inujja because there was hardly any wood , when my father was making sled ( kamutti ) their would be small peaces and the wood was so breakable, my father made me one after he made the sled .

    uploaded date: 28-10-2011

  • 4m 5s

    props and toys for my inuuja

    uploaded by: Anonymous

    channel: Inuujait

    I did not like small animals , my inujjaa would have fur from a caribou skin firom an antler ,that is why I never use any small animal fur . when my mother first made me a sheet for a caribou skin from an alter I was soo happy . but after words I was able to use leman fur because other girls had it

    uploaded date: 28-10-2011

  • 1m 26s

    playing with other children

    uploaded by: Anonymous

    channel: Inuujait

    in the sand area we would build our houses with rocks and sand , it seemed so real , with qulliq ( oil lamp ) ,and buttons for a cup also a bucket from a lied , I didn t know where the lied came from ,we would also use matches box and gun cases for toys , we would use the small boxes for a case to play with , with the gun cases they would cut in half and make them to a small cups, a women alli

    uploaded date: 28-10-2011

  • 3m 3s

    my little sister

    uploaded by: Anonymous

    channel: Inuujait

    we use to play with inujjaa a lot , one day I visited a relative to play inujja with her and I was using my mothers kammiks ( boots ) , as usual my litter sister found me visiting, she took the kamiks with out telling me ( she starts to laugh ) because she know I was using my mother kammiks she brough them home .

    uploaded date: 28-10-2011

  • 1m 29s

    first inuuja

    uploaded by: Anonymous

    channel: Inuujait

    Oh yes I can tell you what I remember. My mother's step sister Terase Kupaq had lots of inujja and they were properly dressed. I would cry because I wanted  one. The step mother of Paula made me one and it was tall and thin.

    Rebeca starts to laugh .

    uploaded date: 12-10-2011