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During this time of year, I am enjoying rediscovering these old films by the NFB from the early 1960s. I remember watching some of these in school as a child.  They give insight into the traditional lifeways of the Inuit, Inuvialuit of the Western Canadian arctic, and Inupiat of Eastern Alaska.

This is a series called Tuktu (a fictional name, but probably derived from Tuktoyuktuk, a town in the far north.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuktoyaktuk


Tuktu 1: Clothing and its Importance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEyQG2cv298


Tuktu 2: How to build a kayak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKbwNdes0SY


Tuktu 3: Hand Skills

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAzlmOvVH4c


Tuktu 4: How to build a snow palace igloo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWKfJQpZtaM&t=4s


Tuktu 5: Indoor games

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4oj0sg2m54


Tuktu 6: More indoor games

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFX7or7Vek8


Tuktu 7: Fishing with a Rock Weir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6li84mjUZT8


Tuktu 8: The Magic Bow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CFqptMUlPE


Tuktu 9: The Magic Spear

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sdJA1M0XcQ


Tuktu 10: The Caribou Hunt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YK5SUOF44U


Tuktu 11: Seal Hunting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z824vCrG5iQ


Tuktu 12: Dogs and their importance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIsXsXBw6oI


Tuktu 13: Animal Friends of the Arctic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_mRpgS8f10


Also:

Encyclopedia Britannica film about an Inuit family in 1959:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9oIYE4iWMk

(I'm thinking this could be from Alaska, judging from the clothing, facial features and the landscape. So probably the Yupik Eskimo, rather than Canadian Inuit)
Woah! Looking forward to watch these. Thanks a lot, Odin.
Watching these gives me such a sense of longing. Sure it is sensational and portrays a "noble savage" myth that was common at the time of production, but hearing descriptions of moonlit ice caps and seal hunting fills me with comfort. Alaska has always been a dream of mine.
(Thu, 13 Dec 2018 01:24:27 +0000, 01:24 AM)Nomad Wrote: [ -> ]Watching these gives me such a sense of longing. Sure it is sensational and portrays a "noble savage" myth that was common at the time of production, but hearing descriptions of moonlit ice caps and seal hunting fills me with comfort. Alaska has always been a dream of mine.

My favorite was the videos showing their games. I'd kill to be happy like that again.