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Netsilik Eskimo Series
Filmed over a period of three years, from summer 1963 to the late winter of 1965, and released in 1967 as a part of the widely used elementary social studies curriculum, Man: A Course of Study, these films reveal the live reality of traditional Eskimo life before the European acculturation.…
At the Spring Sea Ice Camp, Part 2
Part of the Series: Netsilik Eskimo Series
Part 2, color, 27 minutes The men are hunting seal through the sea-ice in the bleak windy weather. The wind disturbs the "tell-tales," made of eider down or a hair loop on a bone, that signal when a seal rises to breathe. A hunter strikes, kills and drags his catch…
The Drums of Winter (Uksuum Cauyai)
This feature-length documentary explores the traditional dance, music and spiritual world of the Yupik Eskimo people of Emmonak, a remote village at the mouth of the Yukon River on the Bering Sea coast. The Drums of Winter gives an intimate look at a way of life of which most of…
At the Winter Sea Ice Camp, Part 1
Part of the Series: Netsilik Eskimo Series
Part 1, color, 36 minutes In late winter when the cold is severe, the people and dogs are glad to stop their trek and make camp. In the blue dusk the men probe the snow and then cut building blocks while the women shovel a site. Soon all are under…
Tununeremiut - The People of Tununak
Part of the Series: Alaskan Eskimo Series
Four sequences, filmed over a two-month period, portray aspects of the lives of the people of Tununak, a village on the south-western coast of Alaska. In the first, the villagers evacuate their homes and camp on higher ground, fearing that a Nuclear test on Amchitka Island, 1000 miles away, may…
Qallunaat! - Why White People are Funny
What's so funny about white people, otherwise known as Qallunaat to the Inuit? Well, among other curious behaviours, Qallunaat ritualistically greet each other with inane salutations, repress natural bodily functions, complain a lot about being cold and seem to want to dominate the world. This docucomedy is a collaboration between…
Angry Inuk - Seal Hunting and the Inuit
Seal meat is a staple food for Inuit, and many of the pelts are sold to offset the extraordinary cost of hunting. Inuit are spread across extensive lands and waters, and their tiny population is faced with a disproportionate responsibility for protecting the environment. This documentary interweaves the reality of…
Nanook of the North
Robert Flaherty made this wonderful film of Eskimo (Inuit) life following six years as an Artic explorer for the Canadian Northern Railway. Flaherty seized upon the idea of structuring his movie around characters who reenacted episodes of their lives and participated in the shaping of the film. He was not…
Umiaq Skin Boat
Umiaq Skin Boat is a beautiful and poetic 30-minute film about a group of Inuit elders in Inukjuak, Quebec who decide one summer to build the first traditional seal skin boat their community has seen in over 50 years. Once an essential vessel for travel and for hunting large prey…
At the Winter Sea Ice Camp, Part 4
Part of the Series: Netsilik Eskimo Series
Part 4, color, 35 minutes A bitter wind blows and the dogs huddle in the snow. In the igloo, the children scratch in the rime on the ice window. A man takes out his tool-pouch and drills the stone trough he is making, using bow and spindle. Children play with…
Joe Sun
Part of the Series: Alaskan Eskimo Series
Immaluuraq ("Joe Sun" in English) grew up moving among seasonal camps in the Kobuk River region of Alaska now resides in Shungnak. In this film, he describes the life of the earlier Kobuk settlements. He talks about women being isolated from the village when they are menstruating or when they…
On the Spring Ice
Part of the Series: Alaskan Eskimo Series
Walrus as well as whales are hunted by the Eskimos of Gambell on St. Lawrence Island. As the film opens, an old man tells of the dangers of moving ice, how people used to drift on such ice and never return. A cluster of men stand on a snowy rooftop,…