In 2001, Polar Explorer, Lonnie Dupre and his partner John Hoelscher circumnavigated Greenland. It took them five years to complete the project, traveling the northern half by dog-team and the southern half by kayak. A circumnavigation of Greenland had never been completed before and has not been repeated since. In 2022, Lonnie returned to Greenland for the first time since his circumnavigation. His aim – to connect with old friends and to assemble a dog team, train them and travel with them, alongside Inuit hunters throughout northwest Greenland. AMKA, meaning “one with a friendly spirit” in Inuktun, is the story of this return to Greenland. This film looks into the relationship and connection between Polar Explorers, Inuit Hunters and the Greenlandic Sled Dog. The focus of this story is not a final destination or successful completion of a specific objective on a map. Instead, it endeavours to illuminate how traveling in the Arctic by dog team is a deeply connecting force, no matter what culture or country one started from. Amka shares the profound and lasting impact such experiences have on a person’s soul and celebrates the integrity of a culture amidst change.
Lonnie Dupre will be at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar for an encore presentation of his film on Saturday, March 23 at 7:00pm. He will introduce the 40 minute film and hold a question and answer session after the screening. There will also be an opportunity to win one of his books, Life on Ice.