New IBC TV series an ode to Inuit innovation

IBC series Uakallanga! airs on APTN Jan. 7

Inuit elder and craftsman David Serkoak teaches Uakallanga! host Annabella Piugattuk how to make an Inuit drum. (PHOTO COURTESY OF IBC)

By Sarah Rogers

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.

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