Make sure you’re wearing a hat when the Northern Lights appear, cautions Inuk Elder in film

Make sure you’re wearing a hat when the Northern Lights appear, cautions Inuk Elder in film

By Sam Laskaris, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Windspeaker.com

Correction please: Paragraph 3. There are 11 short films that will play at this year’s Future of Film Showcase not 16 as reported.

Inuk Elder Naulaq LeDrew now gets a chuckle out of a story that has been passed down through generations to children.

LeDrew recalls she might have been as young as three when she first heard it. The tale goes that someone who is not wearing their hat when the Northern Lights appear will have their head chopped off and it will be kicked around like a soccer ball up in the skies.

“We still tell our young children that so they don’t get frostbitten on their earlobes,” said Naulaq, the narrator of the film Kajanaqtuq, one of 11 short films that will play at this year’s Future of Film Showcase (FOFS).

“Hats are one of the things you most need up north.”

All films in the FOFS festival will be streamed for free and available through CBC Gem from July 9 thru to July 22. Information for all films for the eighth annual FOFS is available at http://www.fofs.ca/

In Kajanaqtuq, which translates into beautiful or breathtaking, LeDrew shares her account of Inuit mythology and historical events of the lands of the north.

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