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Piksuk Media Update
On February 29th the Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN) aired the first of six weekly parts of Piksuk Media's documentary Nunavut Quest: Race Across Baffin. The debut was well covered in the Canadian media and in a February 29th article in The Globe and Mail, episode one, "Into the Wild" was included as one of "Five shows worth watching tonight".
As an accompaniment to the six-part documentary, the Nunavut Quest website brings visitors into the world of Inuit Dog culture and the contemporary context of the annual Nunavut Quest race. There are sections on Inuit history, the Inuit Dog, and an in-depth knowledge base that will equip visitors to become "real" mushers (or at least adept players) in the challenging video game that simulates what Inuit and their dogs confront in the Arctic wilderness.
There is also a forum which everyone is encouraged to join to ask questions and get answers, become connected to the North and travel by qamutiit (sledges) pulled by traditional Inuit Dogs in fan hitch formation!
The documentary premiered in English. The Inuktitut version will likely be on schedule for APTN's Fall season.
Those not lucky enough to have been able to tune in to APTN can see episode trailers at the Nunavut Quest website. The Nunavut Quest documentary on DVD will be available to purchase after the entire series has been aired.