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The entrants of the 2010 Nunavut Quest
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Piksuk Media's Nunavut Quest Project Update
by Sue Hamilton
Piksuk's much anticipated six-episode Nunavut Quest: Race Across Baffin documentary now has air dates. The Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN) will broadcast as follows:
Episode 1 - Into the Wild
Wednesday Feb 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET/MT on APTN East and APTN West, 7:30pm ET on APTN HD and at 8:00 pm CT on APTN North
Episode 2 - Wall of Snow
Wednesday March 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET/MT on APTN East and APTN West, 7:30pm ET on APTN HD and at 8:00 pm CT on APTN North
Episode 3 - Dogged Pursuit
Wednesday March 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET/MT on APTN East and APTN West, 7:30pm ET on APTN HD and at 8:00 pm CT on APTN North
Episode 4 - A Midnight Lesson
Wednesday March 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET/MT on APTN East and APTN West, 7:30pm ET on APTN HD and at 8:00 pm CT on APTN North
Episode 5 - Cut With a Knife
Wednesday March 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET/MT on APTN East and APTN West, 7:30pm ET on APTN HD and at 8:00 pm CT on APTN North
Episode 6 - Final Assault
Wednesday April 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET/MT on APTN East and APTN West, 7:30pm ET on APTN HD and at 8:00 pm CT on APTN North
The plan is to launch the Nunavut Quest website and game with the broadcast of episode 1. The online version of the game will be available to download from the website.
It is anticipated that both the documentary and the game will be available to purchase on DVDs in April 2012. Instructions on how to do that will be posted on the Nunavut Quest website. This is definitely something to look forward to. The Nunavut Quest is not a 'race' as most readers may envision if they are familiar with the sport of sled dog racing such as the Iditarod, Finnmarksløpet or Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby where dogs are run in pairs over one or more days at various distances. While the 'mechanics' of the event may bear some similarities, the Nunavut Quest is less of a race and more of a 'cultural assertion'. And this documentary is not just about what happened while the dogs were running. It is about a millennia-long history and traditions. In addition to tracking the progress of the dog team drivers themselves, there are remembrances of elders, scenes of community feasts celebrating the event, stories of how dogs were used in the past. And although the Inuit Dog was never a racing dog, and still isn't, the documentary, perhaps as much as the event itself, gives hope that there is a brighter future for this aboriginal dog. This is a must own DVD!