Zacharias Kunuk

Born in 1957 in a sod house on Baffin Island, Zacharias Kunuk was a whalebone carver in 1981 when he sold three sculptures in Montreal to buy a home video camera and 27” TV to bring back to Igloolik, a settlement of 500 Inuit who twice had voted to refuse outside television. Kunuk worked six years for Inuit Broadcasting Corporation as producer and station manager, and then co-founded Igloolik Isuma Productions Inc. in 1990 with Paul Apak, Pauloosie Qulitalik and Norman Cohn. Besides Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, Kunuk has directed more than 30 videos screened in film festivals, theatres, museums and art galleries throughout Canada and around the world. He has honorary doctorates from Trent University and Wilfried Laurier University; is winner of the Cannes Camera d’or, two Genie Awards, a National Arts Award, National Aboriginal Achievement Award and in 2005 was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.


In 2019 Zacharias Kunuk together with the Isuma collective represented Canada, in the 58th Venice Biennale.

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    Welcome To Our Qammaq - Ajaaja Interview

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    channel: Tunnganarniq Nunagijavut

    This week on a special pre-recorded Welcome To Our Qammaq, Zacharias Kunuk interviews three Igloolik elders about ajaaja songs. Broadcast on April 26th, 2023.

    ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᔪᒥ ᓂᐱᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᕙᒌᖅᑐᖅ ᑐᖓᓱᒋᑦᑎ ᖃᕐᒪᒃᒧ. ᓴᖃᓕᐊᓯ ᑯᓄᒃ ᐊᐱᖅᓱᖅᑐᖅ ᐱᖓᓲ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᐅ ᐃᓐᓇᖓᓂ ᐊᔮᔮᕐᓗᑎᒃ. ᓴᕿᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᐃᕆᓕ 26, 2023.

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    uploaded date: 26-04-2023

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    Tunnganarniq Nunagijavut - Zacharias Kunuk

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    channel: Tunnganarniq Nunagijavut

    Host Lucy Tulugarjuk wishes everyone a happy new year, and welcomes director Zacharias Kunuk to the show. Zacharias talks about the story of his upcoming feature film "The Wrong Husband", and the process of creaturing period costumes and props for the film. LIVE on January 13th, 2023.

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    uploaded date: 13-01-2023

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    Tunnganarniq Nunagijavut - Zacharias Kunuk and Ella Nathanael Alkiewicz

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    channel: Tunnganarniq Nunagijavut

     Host Jessie Kangok interviews Zacharias Kunuk to talk about Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman's Apprentice and Ella Nathanael Alkiewicz to talk about her art LIVE on January 25th, 2022.

    ᑐᖓᓱᒃᑎᑎᔨ ᔨᓯ ᖃᖑᖅ ᐊᐱᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᓴᖃᓕᐊᓯ ᑯᓄᒃ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᖅ˙ᑐᒃ ᐊᖓᒃ˙ᑯᓴᔭᐅᔪᖅ: The Shaman's Apprentice ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓚ ᓇ˙ᑕᓂᐅ ᐊᓪᑭᐅᐃᒃᔅ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᖅ˙ᑐᒃ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᓴᓇᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᖅᑕᖏᓐᓂ, ᓴᕿ˙ᔭᑲᐅᑎᒋᔪᖅ ˙ᔭᓄᐊᕆ 25, 2022.

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    uploaded date: 25-01-2022

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