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Stories from Our Land 1.5: Family Making Sleds

Stories from Our Land 1.5: Family Making Sleds

| 5 min

This short film portrays a family working together to make sleds. While the father expertly threads rope through runners and slats, expertly tying knots to hold them together, his wife and child work on their own stylized sleds. The film pays homage to the craft, while also capturing the sheer joy of downhill sled racing.

Stories from Our Land: 1.5 gave 6 Nunavut filmmakers the opportunity to each create a 5-minute short. Each film had to be made without the use of interviews or narration while telling a northern story from a northern perspective. The project was a collaboration between the NFB and the Nunavut Film Development Corporation.

  • writer
    Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq
  • director
    Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq
  • editor
    Scott Parker
  • cinematographer
    Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq
    Scott Parker
  • director mentor
    Scott Parker
  • participant
    Justin Panimera
    Marija Ammaaq
    Keith Ammaaq
    Lucas-Jo Ammaaq
    Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq
  • production coordinator
    Ginette D'Silva
    Faye Yoneda
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • program administrator
    Darin Clausen
  • producer
    David Christensen
  • executive producer
    David Christensen


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Ages 9 to 17

Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society

After screening the short documentary, discuss some of the other uses for sleds in the Arctic. What are “qamutiks” (Inuktitut for dogsleds) used for? Divide students into small groups to research the innovative technologies developed by the Inuit for making a living in the Arctic. Have any of these technologies not been surpassed by newer designs and/or materials? What other prototypes might they suggest for improving the design of sleds, igloos, sealskin clothing, snow goggles, etc.?

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