Noah Pi­u­gat­tuk Inuit Art Quar­terly 9.1 (Spring 1994)

Inuit Art Quarterly - - HIGHLIGHTS - – Noah Pi­u­gat­tuk

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.

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