Amaqqut Nunaat : The Country of Wolves

In the next decade, Nunavut will lose its remaining elders – those who have experienced a traditional Northern life. Because much of Inuit knowledge and culture is transmitted orally, with few written accounts existing, it is a critical time for this rich and unique place.

For over eight years, Inhabit Media has been working with Inuit elders, storytellers, and cultural performers to ensure that Inuit stories and language are preserved and promoted. Our mission has been not only to preserve, but also to repackage Inuit culture so that it is more readily accepted by the current generation of Inuit youth that have grown up in the modern Arctic. This work can be seen in the books that we have published in both Inuktitut and English. Examples are available at Inhabit Media.

Inuit storytellers traditionally weave their rich tales with words, songs, and sounds. We feel that animation is an appropriate contemporary medium with which to transmit many of these tales. As such, in 2010 we began the development work of Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of Wolves. As a folktale steeped in the supernatural world of Inuit beliefs and religion, it is the perfect story to introduce Inuit myths and legends to both Southern and Northern audiences. They will be amazed by the uniquely Canadian storytelling tradition that, until now, has been inaccessible to outsiders. This tale is told in traditional North Baffin dialect, with French and English subtitles.

Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of Wolves was developed in the NFB’s Stories from our Land project. Production has been supported by emergent filmmaker's funding from Nunavut Film Development Corporation and through in-kind contributions from everyone dies films.