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Nanugiurutiga (My First Polar Bear)

The 11-year old son of Zacharias Kunuk is taught by his grandfather to capture his first bear. Igloolik elder, Abraham Ulayuruluk, recounts stories about hunting polar bears in the old days. Authentic views of hunting the most feared and respected animal in the Arctic.

Nanugiurutiga is a part of the Unikaatuatiit (Story Tellers) Series.


DIRECTOR(S): Zacharias Kunuk

PRODUCER(S): Igloolik Isuma Productions Inc.

WRITER(S): Zacharias Kunuk

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Zacharias Kunuk, Natar Ungalaaq

EDITOR(S): Marie-Christine Sarda, Zacharias Kunuk

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
Channel 24 Igloolik









REGION: Igloolik; Nunavut, Canadian Arctic

Synopsis of Nanugiurutiga (My First Polar Bear)

by Jayson Kunnuk

  • Polar bears are very strong swimmers
  • Elders share stories, especially stories of the old days and how one became a hunter when he was young
  • Men work together to fix the skidoos
  • Strong family bond
  • Grandfather passing on his knowledge to his grandson
  • Planning the hunt, must know the behaviour of the bear
  • Dogs help by distracting and annoying the bear
  • Special techniques for portioning and skinning the animal
  • Handling and preparing the skin for drying


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downloadable, my first polar bear, Nanuq




Igloolik, NU, Canada

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    Inuit Cree Reconciliation

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    Zacharias Kunuk and Neil Diamond team up to research the events and historical impacts of an 18th century conflict between Inuit and Cree in Northern Québec.

    Produced by Kingulliit Productions.

    Screening Information:

    Year:  2013

    Genre:  Documentary

    Length: 45 minutes

    Language: Inuktitut & Cree (English subtitles)

    uploaded date: 09-10-2011