The Inuit Circumpolar Documentary




Nanoq is divided into 6 long journeys on the edge of the polar ice, starting in Thule in 2012 and ending in Alta, Norway in 2017. It is a tribute to the indigenous people of the Arctic and their intangible cultural heritage. The goal is to:

  1. Visit and link 100 schools in the Arctic together and through a series of public events raise awareness of intangible cultural heritage
  2. Document the contrasts in the social life, and sum up the prospects for cultural survival in Arctic villages
  3. Make people from all the villages sign a common statement towards politicians, scientists, environmentalists and corporate leaders who all share an interest in the Arctic

About Nanoq

Nanoq is a tribute to the traditions of the indigenous people that for 15,000 years have used the dog sled, the knife and the needle as their survival tools in the Arctic. The indigenous peoples in the Arctic live in two different worlds: The traditional world, and the modern world. In this project, one of the themes we explore is the sharp contrast in the social life between these two worlds. How does this contrast affect them economically, ecologically, socially and ideologically? Is it possible for future generations to choose the traditional life?


Torgeir S. Higraff