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Photo: Natar Ungalaaq
Credit: Photo Jamie Griffiths


film, sculpture/carving, theater

Artistic Community:

Iglulik, NU



Natar Ungalaaq is a talented filmmaker, actor and sculptor from Igloolik, NU. Ungalaaq has acted and appeared in many films and television shows most notably starring as the lead Atanarjuat in Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He made his directorial debut in 2016 with the film Searchers (2016). Ungalaaq’s carvings have been exhibited across Canada and are housed in major institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON. He has been written about in multiple publications including many times in Inuit Art Quarterly and has his piece Sedna with Hairbrush on the cover of the Fall 1993 issue.View Long Biography and Citations


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Title Year Author
Inuk actor Natar Ungalaaq nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for the film Iqaluit January 19, 2018 Sara Frizzell
Searchers (Maliglutit) has mythic intensity January 18, 2017 Norman Wilner
Breaking down TIFF's list of Canada's Top Ten films January 11, 2017 Norman Wilner


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Imagine Native 2016 Film Festival
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2009 Film Festival
Festival international des films du monde 2008 Film Festival


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2009 Genie Awards
Award of Distinction 2009 Nunavut Film Development Corporation
Best Actor 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival


View All Performances and Details
Title Year Role
Kiviuq Returns: An Inuit Epic 2017-2019


View Filmography and Details
Title Release Date Role
The Filmmakers 2017- Himself
Searchers September 12, 2016 Co-Director
Frontier 2016- Inuit hunter

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January 21, 2019 Created by: Inuit Art Foundation
January 21, 2019 Updated by: Qaggiavuut