Qallunaat! Why White People Are Funny

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The word “qallunaat” is used by Inuit to describe white people. It doesn’t refer as much to skin color as to state of mind.


The word “qallunaat” is used universally by Inuit to describe white people. Now “qallunaat,” as Inuit anthropologist Zebedee Nungak patiently explains, doesn’t refer as much to skin color as to state of mind. Recognizing how the Inuit have long been the subject of study by people who don’t have a clue, Nungak and his intrepid team of qallunologists embarked on a new, scientific, in-depth look at a peculiar culture of people who demonstrate odd dating habits, repression of bodily functions, incomprehensible naming patterns, inane salutations, strange music, overbearing bureaucrats, and whose unquenchable desire for land ownership dominates every facet of their being. And they get lost a lot and tend to complain about the cold.


Interspersed in the first part of Qallunaat! are personal narratives by Inuit people about the devastating effects of forced assimilation, along with black-and-white footage of Qallunaat anthros’ derogatory comments about the Inuit. In the second part of Qallunaat!,  Nungak and his team at the Qallunaat Studies Institute somewhere north of the Arctic Circle present their findings at the first annual QSI Conference. In Qallunaat!, students and their teachers will get an on-target, laugh-out-loud mockumentary—and a sobering look at the theory and practice of hegemony and colonialism as well.


In English and Inuktitut, including bonus material in Inuktitut with English subtitles.



Director: Mark Sandiford

Format: DVD, color, 99 minutes, close captioned.

Availability: Available for home-use or with public performance rights.

Published: 2006

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Inuit