Pangaea Arts is proud to present

ARVAARLUK: An Inuit Tale


One Public Performance! School shows sold out!
Saturday, November 30, 2pm

Tickets $5!
Tickets available only at the door. Festival Seating. Come Early!

At the Orpheum Annex theatre at 823 Seymour Street, 2nd floor (please note the ANNEX is a different entrance from the main Orpheum Theatre).

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Arvaarluk: An Inuit Tale

Join us for a tale of Canada's far north in a new theatre-for-young-audiences play with breathtaking puppetry, masks, throat-singing and projections.

“These stories are fading rapidly. Inuit traditional stories are largely unknown. We do not live the way we did when I was a kid. My sons were the first generation brought up living in houses. The storyteller was replaced by books from the south and worse yet by a box called a TV... I want to restore, protect and revive the traditional stories that shaped me as a boy. We need to share them with other cultures in the world to see their true value.”

– Michael Kusugak

Brought to life by theatre artists from Pangaea Arts!

ARVAARLUK: AN INUIT TALE is a theatre-for-young-audiences play that brings to life traditional Inuit folktales and personal tales of Michael Kusugak's childhood growing up in Canada’s far north. From living with the threat of polar bears and hunting seals, to building igloos, the audience will hear and see firsthand the stories and images that shaped the imagination of one of Canada’s finest Inuit writers. Meet Kaugjagjuk, a mistreated orphan boy who gains the strength to stand up for himself. Go undersea with Nuliajuk, who controls the sea creatures, and whose long hair gets tangled and knotted until she is calmed by a shaman.

This production brings a rich cultural tradition to life, combining Inuit storytelling and throat-singing with physical theatre, comedy, breathtaking puppetry, masks and costumes, while the audience is transported to the North using unique video projection techniques.


Language Arts: Storytelling, Folklore, Mythology

Social Studies: Geography, Culture, History, Cultural Characteristics of Canadian Society

Theatre Arts: Creative Expression, Puppetry, Mask, Costume, Music

Science: Environment, Behaviour of Animals

Arvaarluk: An Inuit Tale is a 50-minute play, suitable for grades K-7.

About Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak

Michael is a gifted Inuit storyteller and performer, originally from Repulse Bay in Nunavut. He has written ten books that have been published and distributed throughout Canada, the United States and Internationally. Michael’s work has won the Ruth Schwartz Award for children’s literature and has been short listed for various other awards, including the Anskohk Aboriginal Award in Saskatchewan. Michael was awarded the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work in Children’s Literature in November 2008. For more information see


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