How Nivi Got Her Names

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Availability ended 15/11/2020 BST
(now-15 Nov worldwide) Nivi has always known that her names were special, but she does not know where they came from. So, one cold afternoon, Nivi decides to ask her mom. The stories of the people Nivi is named after lead her to an understanding of traditional Inuit kinship naming practices, tuqlurausiit, and knowledge of what those practices mean to Inuit. Through her names, Nivi is a little girl, a grandfather, a grandmother, and a well-respected elder. Nivi’s names connect her to the personality and character of those who have passed and make her family so much bigger than she thought before.

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British Museum Arctic Culture and Climate — Peter Loovers curator's choice

Director Bio
Laura Deal is a writer and author of the children’s books, How Nivi Got Her Names and In the Sky at Nighttime. Laura, originally from Nova Scotia, moved to Iqaluit, Nunavut in 2005 and writes to tell stories that her own daughter, and her cousins, classmates and friends, might relate to while honoring the special bonds and love shared between families of all shapes, sizes and demographics. Still living in Iqaluit, Laura continues to work on new titles in Children’s Literature. How Nivi Got Her Names, based on the storybook, is her first short film.


Directed by Laura Deal

Production Company Taqqut Productions

Produced by Monica Ittusardjuat
Louise Flaherty

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