Anaana's Tent

Anaana’s Tent (Inuktitut: ᐊᓈᓇᐅᑉ ᑐᐱᖕᒐ, Anaanaup Tupingani) is a Canadian pre-school children’s television show created by Taqqut Productions in 2018. It airs in Canada on APTN in both Inuktitut and English. It is hosted by Rita Claire Mike-Murphy along with her puppet husky sidekick Qimmiq.

Anaana's Tent
Directed by
  • Nadia Mike
  • Roselynn Akulukjuk
  • Neil Christopher
  • Philip Eddolls
  • Daniel Christopher
  • Patrick Béland
Presented byRita Claire Mike-Murphy
Opening theme"We're Headed to Anaana's Tent" performed by The Jerry Cans
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Louise Flaherty
  • Neil Christopher
  • Daniel Christopher
Producer(s)Neil Christopher
Running time22–23 minutes
Production company(s)Taqqut Productions
Release
Original networkAboriginal Peoples Television Network
Original releaseMay 12, 2018 (2018-05-12) 
present (present)
External links
Website

Format

Each episode is approximately 22 minutes long and features a combination of live-action, puppet and animated sequences. These segments contain a variety of content, including songs, stories and educational sketches.[1] Each of the elements in an episode focus on the title theme.[2]

Characters

  • Rita Claire is spending the summer at her anaana's tent with her husky, Qimmiq. While Anaana is out on the land, Rita Claire stays in her tent and plays games, sings songs, reads stories, and learns new words in Inuktitut.[3] Rita Claire’s full name is Rita Claire Mike-Murphy, who also sings under the name Riit.[1]
  • Qimmiq is Rita Claire’s husky. He is a retired sled dog. Qimmiq can be grumpy sometimes, but when he is in a good mood, he can be fun and helpful. He helps Rita Claire to count, sort, and learn new words.[4]

Recurring characters

  • Ukaliq is an Arctic hare with a lot of energy. He loves to play and learn about the world around him, but he’s a little impatient. Sometimes he doesn’t think things through. He’s always up for an adventure around town and out on the land with his pal Kalla.[5] Kalla and Ukaliq most commonly appear in segments in which they help a narrator list works that begin with one of the sounds in the Inuktitut language.[6] Ukaliq is voiced by Vinnie Karetak.[7]
  • Kalla is a wise and calm little lemming. Kalla is patient and thoughtful like many traditional hunters who live in the Arctic. He is a good friend to Ukaliq. When they go on adventures, Kalla teaches Ukaliq traditional skills and reminds him to stay calm.[8] Kalla and Ukaliq most commonly appear in segments in which they help a narrator list works that begin with one of the sounds in the Inuktitut language.[6] Kalla is voiced by Anguti Johnston.[7]
  • Uliaq is an animated character who loves animals and wants to share everything he knows about them with his friends.[9] He hosts a segment titled “Uliaq’s Amazing Animals” in which he discusses a specific arctic animal, teaching viewers about it.[6]

Episodes

No.TitleInuktitut air dateEnglish air date
1"Fishing"May 12, 2018 (2018-05-12)September 15, 2018
Host Rita Claire arrives at her family’s tent and learns how important fishing is in Inuit culture. Celina Kalluk stops by to sing a song, and they read the book Fishing with Grandma.
2"Dogs"May 19, 2018 (2018-05-19)September 22, 2018
Rita Claire explains the importance of dogs to Inuit culture. Celina Kalluk and Rita Claire demonstrate a throat song called “The River,” and Rita Claire reads the book Siku and Kamik Go to School.
3"Going on a Trip"May 26, 2018 (2018-05-26)September 29, 2018
Rita Claire and Qimmiq are getting ready to go for a hike, and she shows how to prepare for a trip. Beatrice Deer teaches us how to count to five in Inuktitut. We hear the Inuit tale of the owl and the lemming and read the book On the Shoulder of a Giant.
4"Parts of the Body"June 2, 2018 (2018-06-02)October 10, 2018
Rita Claire teaches Qimmiq about parts of the body, eating right and brushing his teeth. Looee Arreak sings “Inuktitut Uqausira” and they read the book My Tooth Hurts.
5"Inuit Clothing"June 9, 2018 (2018-06-09)October 13, 2018
Rita Claire teaches viewers about the importance of Inuit clothing and how it protects against the cold. Rita Claire and Celina Kalluk perform a throat song together, and they read the book Viivi's New Kamiks.
6"Arctic Plants"June 16, 2018 (2018-06-16)October 20, 2018
Rita Claire and Qimmiq learn all about Arctic plants. Meeka Arnakaq sings the Butterfly song, Zipporah Kalluk teaches how to light a qulliq (an Inuit stone lamp), and they read the book Saila and Betty.
7"Arctic Bugs"June 23, 2018 (2018-06-23)October 27, 2018
Rita Claire talks about common Arctic bugs, like mosquitoes and wolf spiders. They tell a traditional Inuit story about an orphan and the amautalik, and they read the book Grandmother Ptarmigan.
8"Counting"June 30, 2018 (2018-06-30)November 3, 2018
Rita Claire teaches how to count to five by counting items in the tent. Beatrice Deer visits the qarmmaq to sing the juggling song, and they read the book Out on the Ice and count fish.
9"Birthday Party"July 7, 2018 (2018-07-07)November 10, 2018
Rita Claire is invited to a friend’s birthday party, but her friend has an unusual request. Celina Kalluk plays the mouth harp, and they read the book Leah's Mustache Party.
10"Sorting"July 14, 2018 (2018-07-14)November 17, 2018
Rita Claire and Qimmiq show how to sort different items in the tent. Meeka Arnakaq teaches viewers how to play Inugaq, a bone game, and they read the book Going to Grandma’s.
11"Helping Out"July 21, 2018 (2018-07-21)November 24, 2018
Rita Claire talks about the different ways we help family and friends. Celina Kalluk stops by to sing “Siipinnguaq,” Susan Avingaq teaches viewers how to play Makigiaq, and they read the book Why We Share Country Food.
12"Rainy Day"July 28, 2018 (2018-07-28)December 1, 2018
Rita Claire prepares for a rainy day outside with Qimmiq. Celina Kalluk visits to play the guitar and sing, and viewers are introduced to the traditional story The Legend of Lightning and Thunder.
13"Going Home"August 4, 2018 (2018-08-04)December 8, 2018
It’s Rita Claire’s last day in the tent, and she feels sad. So she sings to Qimmiq to cheer herself up, and reads the book Way Back Then, featuring different Inuit folk tales and myths.

Each episode is credited to all directors Nadia Mike, Roselynn Akulujuk, Neil Christopher, Philip Eddolls, Danny Christopher and Patrick Béland.

Each episode is credited to the same writers; head writer Neil Christopher and writers Nadia Mike, Roselynn Akulukjuk, Danny Christopher, William Flaherty, Maren Vsetula, Champagne Brittany Choquer, Philip Eddolls and Martha Grant.[6]

Release

The first season was aired on APTN. The season ran in Inuktitut starting May 12, 2018. It was then aired on APTN in English starting September 15, 2018. All episodes are currently available to watch in both languages on the APTN kids website.[2]

Season Two

Taqqut Productions announced via Twitter on March 11, 2019 that they were working on a second season of the show.[10]

References

  1. "Kids TV show passes on Inuit songs, legends, and language to a new generation". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  2. "APTN Kids". APTN.
  3. "Anaana's Tent". Anaanastent.com.
  4. "Anaana's Tent". Anaanastent.com.
  5. "Anaana's Tent". Anaanastent.com.
  6. "APTN Kids". APTN.
  7. "Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing". IMDb.com.
  8. "Anaana's Tent". Anaanastent.com.
  9. "Anaana's Tent". Anaanastent.com.
  10. Tent, Anaana's (February 11, 2019). "You are in luck! We are in the middle of production on season 2 right now ;)". Twitter.com.
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