New IBC TV series an ode to Inuit innovation
IBC series Uakallanga! airs on APTN Jan. 7
The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation’s new series on Inuit innovation is finally set to air next week on APTN.
Uakallanga!—which roughly translates as Wow!— is a new series highlighting Inuit resourcefulness and creation, featuring skilled Inuit craftspeople to walk viewers step-by-step through the process of making something.
“The talent, whoever that may be, they’re basically teaching me how to do it, from beginning to end,” said host Annabella Piugattuk. “Then I try it out myself.”
Uakallanga! focuses on the notion of turning nothing into something, highlighting traditional Inuit practice of using and recycling materials from nature, IBC said in a news release.
The motivation behind the new series is to pay tribute to Inuit skill and talent, but also to teach a younger generation of Inuit how to work with their hands.
In the first few episodes, for example, Piugattuk learns how to make a drum, hunting tools, sealskins crafts, an ulu and an amauti.
The 13-episode series runs in Inuktitut with English subtitles.
The first Uakallanga! episode airs Monday, Jan. 7 at 8:30 p.m. EST and repeats Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at different times on the APTN North feed.