Noah Piugattuk Inuit Art Quarterly 9.1 (Spring 1994)
Noah Piugattuk, a respected elder of
Iglulik, NU, is the subject of Isuma’s lastest feature film that will debut at the 58th Venice Biennale. Piugattuk was also the head of the last family asked by the RCMP in the early 1960s to leave their outpost camp and settle permanently in the community, the period in which the flm focusses. Here, we reproduce a section of an inter view with Piugattuk from our Spring 1994 issue where he discusses drum dancing: The skill of drum dancing is like the skill of driving a dog team. You must know where to hit, get a good start and keep a good pace. The warm-up may be short or long. Often the singer and the audience take a long time to warm up the drum. But if you don’t have a long song, then you must have a fast start . . . [You need to] get on the right track and go with the singer at the same time . . . Drum dancing is just like driving a dog team—you have to warm up. It’s not like a Ski-Doo. You have to know where you’re going, get on the right track and go—all at the same time.