Arctic Music and Film

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Arctic Music and Film

Explore Arctic Music Part III: Pakak Innuksuk and Simeonie Keenainak

While some Inuit musicians push the boundaries of old and new styles, others reclaim and reinvigorate original Inuit sounds. In this third post of the Arctic Museum’s Inuit Music series, we’ll take a look at two master musicians who are passing their traditional skills and knowledge on to a younger generation.

Musician Pakak Innuksuk and the Simeonie Keenainak Band
Musician Pakak Innuksuk and the Simeonie Keenainak Band.

Explore Arctic Music Part II: Beatrice Deer

In this second post of the Arctic Museum’s Inuit music series, we explore the music of another trailblazing artist who blends tradition and innovation to forge her own unique voice.

Beatrice Deer's album cover for My All to You
Beatrice Deer's album cover for My All to You.

Explore Arctic Music Part I: Hyper-T

While the Arctic Museum is closed to the public, we decided to bring a bit of our popular exhibit, A Resounding Beat: Music in the Inuit World, to you at home. This series of posts will take a close look at a few of the contemporary musicians featured in the exhibit.

Hyper T's Hyper Inuk album cover
Hyper T's, Hyper Inuk album cover.

The Arctic on Screen – What to Watch Part III: Inuit Women on Both Sides of the Camera

Recently in Canada, the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), an organization supporting Indigenous filmmakers and storytellers across the country, announced the recipients of  their Netflix Apprenticeship and Cultural Mentorship Program.
Poster image of the film Tunniit

Motion Picture Film

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum holds two major Arctic film collections as well as a number of smaller collections. Donald B. MacMillan's films include educational films, films to illustrate his lectures, and thousands of feet of unedited footage shot between 1923 and 1954 in both 35mm black and white and 16mm color. The Robert A. Bartlett collection consists largely of unedited footage taken during Bartlett's expeditions on the Effie M. Morrissey between 1926 and 1945, all of it shot in 35mm black and white.

Still image of the film "The Most Northern People of the World"

What to Watch Part I: National Film Board of Canada

We are in a golden age of northern cinema. With an active and growing film industry in the North and vastly increased accessibility through various streaming options, there are many exciting opportunities to explore the Arctic from the comfort of your living room. This is the first in a series of posts about some of the great Arctic films out there to watch. The focus will be on films created by, or with important contributions from, Inuit directors, performers and artists.

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What to Watch Part II: Isuma

If the (mostly) vintage delights of Canada’s National Film Board have whetted your appetite for northern film, then Isuma.TV should be your next stop.

Isuma was founded in 1990 by Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn, the late Paul Apak Angilirq, and the late Pauloosie Qulitalik. For over thirty years this Igloolik-based production company has been at the forefront of northern film production.

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