Vin­nie Kare­tak

Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE - b. 1974 Iqaluit, NU The Griz­zlies Two Lovers and a Bear – Ellen Hamil­ton

I first met Vin­nie Kare­tak, one of the stars of Qa­nurli?, a pop­u­lar Inuk­tut com­edy show, a few years ago. I haven’t stopped laugh­ing since. Vin­nie is one of the in­de­pen­dent own­ers of the pro­duc­tion com­pany, Qanukiaq, as well as a writer and ac­tor on one of the North’s most pop­u­lar shows, now en­ter­ing its sev­enth sea­son on APTN. Ev­ery­where he goes, from Alaska to Green­land, chil­dren point him out. In the years since, we have served to­gether on the Qag­giavuut! Board of Di­rec­tors where I learned what a calm and in­sight­ful leader he is. I have been able to wit­ness his tire­less com­mit­ment to Inuit lan­guage and cul­ture and his cham­pi­onship of Inuit per­form­ing artists first­hand. He has an amaz­ing abil­ity to bring out the best in those he works with. This spring, Vin­nie took on a new chal­lenge: codi­rect­ing, writ­ing and act­ing in a new theatre work Kiviuq Re­turns. He led an all-Inuit cast in the one-hour per­for­mance based on Inuit leg­end that toured Nu­navut com­mu­ni­ties and south­ern Canada this year. In his spare time, Vin­nie is a ded­i­cated dad of two boys, a pop­u­lar em­cee at Nu­navut events and an ac­tor in films, in­clud­ing (2017) and (2016).

Vin­nie Kare­tak in a scene from Qal­lu­naat! Why White Peo­ple are Funny (2006) COUR­TESY NA­TIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

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