Qilaut means drum in Inuktitut, also meaning “Instrument of heaven”. The sound of the qilaut resonates within my body and awakes my soul to dance. When I hear the drum, I am reminded to live in the moment. When I strike the drum, my body naturally aligns with my breath and the energy of the space and my calming thoughts. I am often in tune with the spiritual presence of our ancestors whom I look up to. They are the true survivors, the one who persevered so much in life that they gave me the chance to live my life today. They run in my blood and remind me to celebrate life in dance and song as I carry on. When I dance, I also embrace the spirit of the special people in my life who have passed away. Qilaujaq (drum dancing) allows us to be in our common heaven, the place where spirits can meet. Dancing on the land, surrounded by the arctic waters, the summer flowers and the beautiful sky gave me a sense of reconnection to myself as a woman, a mother, my journey as an Inuk from Nunavik and Nunavut. This experience amplified the essence of where I come from and who I am today.  Nakurmiik!

Ippialuk, Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (Northern Quebec)
Aulatsivik, Iqaluit, Nunavut
Road to Nowhere, Iqaluit, Nunavut


Dancer: Sylvia Cloutier
Camera:  Vincent Desrosiers / VDOpro.ca
Ed Maruyama 

Aerial Footage: Samuel Lagacé / Tumiit Media Inc. 
Sound Design: Antoine Bédard
Editing:  VDOpro.ca
Vocals: Sylvia Cloutier

Special thanks:
Canadian North
David Serkoak
Michel Johnson 
Marcus Chislett
Madeleine Allakariallak
Parul Bahuguna
my boys Mister & Inuapik
and my mother Siila

In dedication and gratitude to Phanuelie Palluq 1971-2008