The Qaggiavuut Society, a non-profit performing arts society spearheading the Qaggiq Project, will partner with Piqqusilirivvik, Nunavut’s Inuit Cultural Learning Centre, to deliver an Inuit creative storytelling workshop to 23 Nunavummiut students. Piqqusilirivvik, part of Nunavut Arctic College and located in Clyde River, is dedicated to enabling the transfer of traditional Inuit culture, knowledge, lifestyle, skill sets, and values, taught in the Inuit language.
Facilitated by Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, a storyteller and mask dance performer and Damien Tulugarjuk, an Inuit games and circus performer, the Qaggiq workshop introduces story performance based in Inuit culture.
“The performing arts are vital to maintaining our culture and language,” said Williamson Bathory. “As adults, we sometimes forget to communicate through story -- the performing arts re-connect us to that deep spiritual voice within.”
Jukeepa Hainnu, Director of Piqqusilirivvik says, “The arts in many forms have an important place in teaching and learning Inuit culture and we are happy to be working with Qaggiavuut on building up the arts in our programming”.