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Nunavut Animation Lab Lumaajuuq (Inuktitut Version)

Nunavut Animation Lab Lumaajuuq (Inuktitut Version)

| 7 min

This animated short tells the story of Qalupalik, a part-human sea monster that lives deep in the Arctic Ocean and preys on children who do not listen to their parents or elders. That is the fate of Angutii, a young boy who refuses to help out in his family’s camp and who plays by the shoreline... until one day Qalupalik seizes him and drags him away. Angutii's father, a great hunter, must then embark on a lengthy kayak journey to try and bring his son home.


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Ages 8 to 11

Arts Education - Visual Arts
Family Studies/Home Economics - Relationships
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society

Inuit culture places great significance on animals and their spiritual powers. What does the loon represent to Inuit people and why would it be an appropriate animal to give back the boy’s sight? Ask students whether they agree with the boy’s decision to trick his mother. Is he punished for this? Why or why not? Have students research stories from other cultures in which a human is changed into an animal as punishment or reward.

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