A dog team pulls an Inughuit family
across the vast sea ice of Greenland. But with the terrain melting beneath
them, the dogs break through the surface, plunging into frigid polar waters.
Navarana, an elder and one of the
passengers on this sled, is coming to terms with the unprecedented changes
facing all Arctic peoples. In the 1860s, Navarana’s visionary ancestor—a
shaman from Baffin Island, Canada, named Qitdlarssuaq—embarked on a legendary
and epic journey, leading an Inuit migration to Greenland. It was this
shaman’s quest that introduced vital bloodlines and technology to Navarana’s
beleaguered forbearers. Over 150 years later, Navarana travels to her
ancestor’s homeland to connect with her distant Canadian cousins.
families from both regions on
their annual hunting journeys. She
witnesses how these two genetically-linked groups of Inuit have adapted
differently to outside influences and to the inescapable changes that affect
their hunting traditions.
Through her experiences, she hopes to find the key to making the right choices
for her people’s survival.
Navarana draws inspiration and hope
from the ties that still bind these two communities, as well as from the
legacy of her intrepid ancestor, at a time when circumpolar peoples are facing
the greatest social and environmental challenges in their history.
2012, 82 min 23 s
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Second Prize: Rigoborta Menchú Award
First Peoples' Festival ( Land InSights )
July 30 to August 7 2013, Montréal - Canada
Best Production Reflecting Cultural Diversity
Annual Alberta Film and Television Awards
May 25 2013, Edmonton - Canada
Audience Choice Award
Available Light Film Festival
February 4 to 10 2013, Whitehorse - Canada
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