Nuliajuk: Mother of the Sea Beasts

Nuliajuk: Mother of the Sea Beasts

Nuliajuk: Mother of the Sea Beasts holds the key to a mystery. Some call it myth; others call it the old religion. Inuit elders help us unravel the mystery on film before the truth vanishes with their passing.


John Houston’s account of the ancient circumpolar sea goddess Nuliajuk, and of her burial by well-meaning missionaries and her present-day come back, is both moving and evocative. It is also of major importance to all who are interested in story-carriers and shamans, and in their risky decent into the rich but dangerous Otherworld; for, as Italo Calvino has said, all writers are shamans.

Margaret Atwood


2002 Golden Sheaf Award, Best Multicultural//race Relations at the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival
2002 Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Documentary 1st Directors Guild of Canada Awards
2002 Winner of a Bronze Plaque at the 50th Annual Columbus International Film & Video Festival
2002 Winner of the Bee Cinematography Award/Documentary New York International Independent Film & Video Festival

Produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada, Canadian Television Fund, Created be the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable industry, Telefilm Canada: Equity Investment Program CTF: License Fee Program.

And with the Assistance/ Participation of the Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit Program and the Canadian Film or Video Tax credit. In association with Vision TV and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Additional Funding/Training provided by Kakivak Association, Government of Nunavut; Department of Sustainable Development, Government of Nunavut; Department of Culture, Language, Elders & Youth, Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, Kitikment Economic Development Commission, Kivalliq Inuit Association, Nunasi Corporation, Makivik Corporation, Avatag Cultural Institute, Nuna Fonden / Greenland, Jackman Foundations, Sam & Ester Sarick, Canadian North Airlines, Adventure Canada, Mary Hugh Scott and Sam Houston.

Archival/ Ethnological project administered by St. Mary’s University, with funding from the Richard Ivey Foundation and the Salamander Foundation.

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