Animation from Cape Dorset

Animation from Cape Dorset

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Released in 1973, this collection assembles the first animated films to be made by Inuit artists at the NFB. Featured is work by Solomonie Pootoogook, Timmun Alariaq, Mathew Joanasie, and Itee Pootoogook Pilaloosie—all participants in the Cape Dorset (Baffin Island) Film Animation Workshop, established to teach animation skills to local artists. The soundtrack features performances by Aggeok and Peter Pitseolok. Commentary is provided in a blend of Inuktitut and English.

Please note that this is an archival film that makes use of the word “Eskimo,” an outdated and offensive term. While the origin of the word is a matter of some contention, it is no longer used in Canada. The term was formally rejected by the Inuit Circumpolar Council in 1980 and has subsequently not been in use at the NFB for decades. This film is therefore a time-capsule of a bygone era, presented in its original version. The NFB apologizes for the offence caused.

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Animation from Cape Dorset, , provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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Credits
  • producer
    Joanasie Salamonie
    John Taylor
  • animation
    Solomonie Pootoogook
    Timmun Alariaq
    Mathew Joanasie
    Itee Pootoogook Pilaloosie
  • music
    Aggeok
    Peter Pitseolak

  • Silaqqi11

    I have been searching for this film that my father helped create, and it has been a wonder to find. Considering technology in the 70's I figure this is a piece of work and am proud to watch every second. Wish I could get DVD for personal collection.

    Silaqqi11, 11 Jan 2012