Peter Ta­p­atai

Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE - b. 1953 Qa­mani’tuaq, NU Vin­nie Kare­tak

I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in be­ing on the stage, ever since my school days; es­pe­cially when I started see­ing Inuit on tele­vi­sion, like Su­per Shamou (Peter Ta­p­atai). He was the Inuk su­per­hero; the show only had three episodes out of the Inuit Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (IBC) in the late 1980s. Su­per Shamou al­lowed peo­ple to think that what­ever they see on tele­vi­sion, we Inuit could also do the same. The peo­ple at IBC have been re­ally great to work with, too, and have been a start­ing point for get­ting on­screen art off the ground. Peter is one of our he­roes at Qa­nurli?, as he is some­one we can look up to and we ap­pre­ci­ate all the work he has done. His work al­lows us to think it’s okay for us to do what we want to do, in a way that pleases us. We spoke to him once, and he said, “Don’t let any­one think that what you’re do­ing is com­pe­ti­tion for other peo­ple in the per­form­ing arts. It just means you are cre­at­ing more con­tent for Inuit in Inuk­tut and that should not be looked upon neg­a­tively in any way.” –

Peter Ta­p­atai in a still from the tele­vi­sion pro­gram Su­per Shamou (1987) COUR­TESY INUIT BROAD­CAST­ING COR­PO­RA­TION

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