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Kunuk, Zacharias

Works: 100 works in 267 publications in 6 languages and 3,685 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Television programs  Folklore  Observations  Legends  History  Fiction  Diaries 
Roles: Director, Film editor, Producer, Author, Author of screenplay, Performer, Contributor
Classifications: PN1997.2, 497
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Atanarjuat The fast runner by Zacharias Kunuk( Visual )
66 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A retelling of an Inuit legend of love, jealousy, murder and revenge in the Igoolik brothers Atanarjuat and Amaqjuaq
Reel injun ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A provocative look at Hollywood's depiction of Native Americans, Reel Injun journeys through a century of cinema to set the record straight. Traveling through the heartland of the U.S., to the Black Hills and Monument Valley, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond examines how the myth of the movie "Injun" has influenced the world's understanding -- and misunderstanding -- of Natives. Clips from hundreds of classic and recent films document the shift from nuanced silent-era heroes to the Western's "Noble savage" stereotype, leading up to the bourgeoning Native independent scene of Smoke Signals and The Fast Runner. Contains candid interviews with celebrated directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell, and Russell Means
Atanarjuat : the fast runner : inspired by a traditional Inuit legend of Igloolik by Paul Apak Angilirq( Book )
4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The journals of Knud Rasmussen ( Visual )
11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"January 1922. With powerful forces of a new century pressing in around them, Danish explorer and scientist Knud Rasmussen vists the isolated camp on [sic] the great Iglulik shaman, Aua. For Rasmussen ... Aua's family camp is like falling into Paradise ... What the Danes don't realize is Aua's temporary fortress of beauty and tranquility stands surrounded by the steamroller of the twentieth century ... and that nomadic Inuit can't stay in one place even if there's nowhere safe to go"--Container
Nunavut Our land ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in Inuktitut and English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Set in 1945 and 1946, this 13-part dramatic television series brings to life the people, setting and continuing story of the traditional nomadic lifestyle lived by Inuit in the Igloolik region of the Canadian Arctic. "Nunavut" dramatizes true stories of today's Elders, who still remember their early days growing up just before government and settlement life began. Following the lives of five fictional families played by contemporary Inuit actors, the series takes us through the different seasons of the Arctic year"--Container
Qapirangajuq : Inuit knowledge and climate change ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2010 in Inuktitut and English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The impact of climate change in Canada is discussed by those at its front lines. In this historic documentary by the legendary Isuma Productions, Inuit people speak first-hand about how their landscape is changing, how the sky has turned colour and if the polar bear really is endangered. Their insight, borne from centuries of shared knowledge, reveals a deep intimacy with their environment and convincingly challenges mainstream media accounts of climate change. Unsettling accounts of new flora, thawing permafrost and dwindling ice point directly to the truth that climate change has become a human rights issue for many Indigenous people." - Website
Atanarjuat, the fast runner Atanarjuat, la légende de l'homme rapide ( Visual )
6 editions published in 2002 in 3 languages and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Evil in the form of an unknown shaman divides a small community of Inuit. Twenty years later, two brothers emerge to challenge the evil order: Amaqjuag, the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner. Atanarjuat wins the hand of the lovely Atuat away from the boastful son of the camp leader, Oki, who vows to get even. Oki ambushes the brothers in their sleep, killing Amaqjuaq, as Atanarjuat miraculously escapes running naked over the spring sea ice
Au pays des Inuit : un film, un peuple, une légende : conçu à partir du film Atanarjuat, la légende de l'homme rapide by Bernard Saladin d'Anglure( Book )
4 editions published in 2002 in French and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La genèse et la réalisation de ce premier film inuit de l'histoire. Inspiré d'une ancienne légende, il a reçu la Caméra d'or à Cannes en 2001. Considéré comme un film de fiction, il n'en constitue pas moins le meilleur documentaire jamais réalisé sur la vie des Inuits, détenant ainsi une valeur ethnographique indéniable. [SDM]
Kiviaq versus Canada ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Inuktitut and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Zacharias Kunuk travels to Edmonton to meet Kiviaq, Canada's first Inuit lawyer, former Golden Gloves boxing champion, city alderman, and the only Inuk to play with the Edmonton Eskimos football team. Kiviaq is currently suing the Federal Government of Canada with a claim demanding equal rights for Inuit, whom, he argues, are neither defined in law nor granted the same privileges as other aboriginal people
Unikaatuatiit Story tellers ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2006 in Inuktitut and English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Volume one, Qaqqiq, Nunaqpa and Saputi, three internationally renowned historical re-enactments of nomadic life in the 1930s. Volume two and three: five contemporary documentaries on subjects from whale and polar bear hunting, modern leadership, elders advice, and a youth group's effort to learn circus skills to reduce youth suicide"--Producer's website
Kunuk family reunion ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In June 2003, Zacharias Kunuk's family gathered at their traditional home site Siuraajuk, about 70 kilometers of hard driving into the arctic wilderness from the tiny town of Igloolik. Here, at the birthplace of his father Enuki and his fathe's father Sigluk, Zach and his brothers and sisters honor their family history. Seal hunting and story telling; Mary and Jerry's wedding under the midnight sun; and visits to the old sod houses where the family lived sixty years before; revealing the continuing connection between one Inuit family and their land
Nunaqpa Going inland ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in Inuktitut and English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Summer in the 1930s. For Igloolik, it is the time of nunaqpa - hoing inland - the long walk in search of summer-fat caribou, to cache enough meat for the hard winter ahead. Two families leave for the hunt, while the old couple waits by the shore for their return
Angakkuiit shaman stories ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A documentary recounting Inuit memories and experiences of shamanism, and oral histories about the last shamans practicing in the region of Igloolik, Nunavut. Interviewees range from young people to elders and politicians, but they all share a belief that things happen, and that shamanism is still a living religion
Nanugiurutiga My first polar bear ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and Inuktitut and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tales of hunting one of the most feared and respected animals in the Arctic: the polar bear, or nanuq. An Igloolik elder, Abraham Ulayuruluk, recounts stories about hunting polar bears in the old days. A young boy, accompanied by his father and grandfather, captures his first bear
Saputi Fish traps ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1930s, Igloolik area of the eastern Arctic. As summer ends, three families build a saputi to trap fish going upriver for the winter. The days are getting shorter and young people daydream while waiting for the fish to come. Nature is not always predictable
Arviq! Bowhead! ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For untold centuries Inuit hunted the huge bowhead, or 'right' whale, as a main source of food, heating oil and building materials, As with all animals, Inuit hunters take only what they can use. Starting in the 1700's until the close of the 19th century, commercial whalers from Europe and America wiped out almost the entire world's population of bowhead whales. In the mid-20th century, the Canadian government made the eastern Arctic bowhead hunt illegal, While Inuit were not responsible for the near-extinction of the the bowhead, they are still prohibited from hunting it like everyone else. In 1994 one of Canada's most respected Inuit elders - 95 year old Noah Piugatuk - announced that he wanted to taste the bowhead whale one more time before he died. Honouring the elder's wish, Piugatuk's son-in-law caught an illegal whale near Igloolik in September 1994. Afew months later, the whale hunters were charged and ordered to stand trial. In June 1996, the government finally dropped all charges against the Igloolik hunters. In August 1996, Inuit huntedrs from across the arctic gathered in Repulse Bay to catch the first legal bowhead in more than forty years. Arviq! traces the history of the bowhead in the Arctic up to the first legal hunt in 1996
Nipi Voice ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rapid change from traditional to modern life in Nunavut, like many post-colonial societies, has concentrated power, wealth and information in a few hands. Far-reaching decisions are being made daily by a mostly-unelected political elite with minimal input from under-informed citizens scattered over enormous distances. With no elected legislature in place until April 1999, Inuit organizations and their government advisors made these decisions on trust. 'Soft' media coverage is provided by these same insiders themselves: government agencies like CBC radio/TV and Government of NWT Information Networks, or the Inuit establishment through politically-controlled sources like IBC and TVNC. The absence of independent Inuit media scrutiny means there is little criticism or public debate about these important decisions. Nipi examines fundamental questions of democracy, power and change in Nunavut and indirectly in Canada itself: in education, religion, gender, lifestyle, the distribution of economic development and the make-up and inner structure of the new leadership class
Qaggiq Gathering place ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in Inuktitut and English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shot over four days in May of 1988 in Igloolik, North West Territories, this production documents aspects of the Inuit way of life around the turn of the century. Improvised by community members, the story revolves around a native man in love with a local woman. When he asks for her hand in marriage, her father refuses, despite protests by the woman's mother. Calling for assistance in the spirit world and his own resources during the annual Qaggik games in the communal igloo, the youth tries to reverse her father's opinion. The production records the gathering together of several nomadic families, the building of a communal igloo, and the celebrations that follow - games, singing and drum dancing
Artcirq ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Artcirq, a circus project, was created in 1998, with the financial support of the Cirque Éloize and Isuma Productions. During the summer of 1999, the circus company stayed for the first time in Igloolik, and presented a show and delivered the first workshops for everyone. The members of the company also participated in a ten-day hunting camp with a group of 30 Inuk, with the intent to familiarize the Caucasians with camp life. The following summer two live shows are presented and by 2001, four shows and this documentary film is presented to the Igloolik community
Iniit Piqitingit Inuit Piqutingit : what belongs to Inuit ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Documentary about a group of Inuit elders from Nunavut who visit museums in five different cities in Canada and the United States to see the collections of artifacts and objects created by their ancestors to accommodate their daily life such as clothes, masks, tools, toys, vessels, etc
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Zacharias Kunuk