Stories from Our Land 1.5: Inngiruti - The Thing that Sings!

Stories from Our Land 1.5: Inngiruti - The Thing that Sings!


                                    Stories from Our Land 1.5: Inngiruti - The Thing that Sings!
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This short documentary filmed in Pangnirtung features 2 elders reminiscing about the dances held in their community 50 years ago. One of the elders is master accordion player Simeonie Keenainak, and soon he's making toe-tapping music with his instrument. In this celebration of the pleasures of music and dance, Keenainak plays for the enjoyment of friends, family, and the community at large.

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.

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Credits
  • writer
    Nyla Innuksuk
  • director
    Nyla Innuksuk
  • editor
    Nyla Innuksuk
  • cinematographer
    Nyla Innuksuk
  • participant
    Simeonie Keenainak
    Oasaloosie Ishulutak
  • producer
    David Christensen
  • executive producer
    David Christensen

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  • NFB_Moderator

    @Katedu--> I've contacted the producer of the film and he was unable to answer. He did suggest contacting an Inuktituk speaker for the answer. Sorry we couldn't be of more assistance!

    NFB_Moderator, 23 Apr 2015
  • Katedu

    Does the word they are using mean "song" (as in with lyrics) or does it mean "tune"/"melody"? Are there separate words for these two terms in Inuit dialects, the way traditional instrumental musicians who speak English differentiate between them? (The general English-speaking public often uses the word "song" for an instrumental tune, but most musicians I know don't do that.)

    Katedu, 7 Apr 2015