New aptn kids se­ries Anaana’s Tent cel­e­brates Inuit iden­tity and Inuk­ti­tut lan­guage

“By broad­cast­ing in Inuk­ti­tut we hope to keep the lan­guage strong across Nu­navut and spo­ken by the next generation of Inuit chil­dren.”

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On May 12, 2018, Anaana’s Tent pre­miered on APTN.

Anaana’s Tent is an ed­u­ca­tional preschool TV se­ries that pro­motes literacy and nu­mer­acy, and pre­pares chil­dren for their first years of school. The se­ries is a mix­ture of live-ac­tion, pup­pet and an­i­mated seg­ments, and is filled with North­ern sto­ries. Anaana’s Tent also teaches Inuit val­ues of kind­ness, friend­ship, pa­tience and en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship.

Set in a spe­cial tent, the se­ries fea­tures host Rita Claire (Rita Claire Mike-Mur­phy of Pang­nir­tung, Nu­navut) who sings songs, plays games, reads sto­ries and learns new words in Inuk­ti­tut, all with the help of her grumpy but lov­able re­tired sled dog Qim­miq (Pup­peteer: Ip­pik­saut Friesen of Rankin In­let, Nu­navut).

“We are thrilled, ex­cited and hope­ful that Inuk­ti­tut pro­gram­ming such as Anaana’s Tent will pave the way for more Inuk film­mak­ers of all gen­res. I am proud of this se­ries be­cause qual­ity pro­gram­ming that’s ed­u­ca­tional should be at the fore­front for young­sters,” says Na­dia Mike, se­ries writer and direc­tor. “Tele­vi­sion pro­gram­ming in Inuk­ti­tut needs to be avail­able for all ages to be truly im­mersed in one’s lan­guage.”

Pro­duced by Taqqut Pro­duc­tions and filmed on lo­ca­tion in Iqaluit, Nu­navut, Canada, Anaana’s Tent fea­tures Inuit cast and Nu­navum­miut mu­si­cal per­form­ers.

This unique ground­break­ing se­ries is avail­able in Inuk­ti­tut, the lan­guage spo­ken by much of the Eastern Arc­tic, and in English. The English lan­guage ver­sion will air in the fall of 2018 and will also aim to teach Inuk­ti­tut to non-na­tive speak­ers.

Na­dia Mike of Iqaluit, Nu­navut, is the se­ries direc­tor and writer

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