Igloolik - Canada, Nunavut
Igloolik (Iglulik) is located between the Canadian mainland and Baffin Island on a small island in Foxe Basin just off the northeast corner of Melville Peninsula. This vibrant artistic community is considered to be a cultural epicentre for the Inuit people. Although it is part of the Qikiqtaaluk region of Nunavut, the community has a mix of cultural traditions from all three regions, including Kitikmeot and Kivalliq. The award-winning movie ‘Atanarjuat - The Fast Runner’ was produced and filmed here. Igloolik is also home to Artcirq, the only Inuit circus troupe in the world, and each summer the hamlet hosts the Rockin' Walrus Arts Festival. Information about the area’s earliest inhabitants comes mainly from numerous archeological sites on the island; some dating back more than 4,000 years. First contact with Europeans came when British Navy ships HMS Fury and HMS Hecla, under the command of Captain William Edward Parry, wintered in Igloolik in 1822.