Uncovering an Ancient Tradition

On Wednesday, May 9 at 10:00 pm CT, as part of the documentary series Reel Insights, APTN will broadcast Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos.

The story follows a young woman’s journey to revive the ancient Inuit tradition of face tattooing.

Inuit tattoos have been forbidden for a century, and almost forgotten. Inuk woman, filmmaker, and Iqaluit resident Alethea Arnaquq-Baril struggles to find out all she can from her reluctant fellow Inuit before she is tattooed herself.

Travelling across Nunavut, she met serious resistance from some of her fellow Inuit. Arnaquq-Baril was able to locate a number of brave elders who were willing to open up and talk about the tattoos, and the massive and sudden cultural changes that caused their decline.

Filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril went in search of the ancient Inuit tradition of face tattooing for her documentary, Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos Credit PHOTOS: Matthew Nuqinngac

Be sure to tune into APTN every Wednesday to enjoy more stories about Indigenous peoples from around the world with theReel Insights series. The network aims to share the stories of our peoples.

One way in which APTN helps to share the stories of Aboriginal peoples is by providing young people with the chance to share their images and ideas about the rich diversity and culture of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples.

Interested in showing us what National Aboriginal Day (June 21) means to you?

Until May 18, APTN will accept submissions from young people between the ages of 12 and 17 from across Canada for its annual Aboriginal Day Live flag contest.

The contest is part of APTN’s 2012 Aboriginal Day Live event, which includes a nationally televised concert featuring performances by some of Canada’s top Aboriginal artists.

The winning flag gets erected above APTN’s headquarters in downtown Winnipeg and the winner of the contest will earn $500. If the winner’s flag was initiated as part of a school project, their school will also receive $750 to purchase learning materials.

APTN will provide travel arrangements for the contest winner and a parent/guardian to Winnipeg to receive their prize and be a part of APTN’sAboriginal Day Live celebrations at the Forks on June 23.

Want to send us your flag? Make sure your entry reaches APTN’s Winnipeg headquarters by midnight on May 18, 2012. To find out more information and the official contest rules, visit www.aboriginaldaylive.com/flagcontest.

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