Court métrage d’animation mettant en scène un hibou et un corbeau. Dans un igloo construit selon les normes en usage chez les Inuit, un hibou et un corbeau tracent, avec de petits os de phoque, le contour d'un igloo miniature, puis passent à un autre divertissement qui consiste à se peindre le plumage avec de la suie jusqu'à ce que le hibou perde patience... Les marionnettes et les décors ont été fabriqués selon des dessins ou des modèles authentiques. La bande sonore, où alternent conversation et chants inuits, crée l'ambiance nécessaire au déroulement de la légende.
Ce film fait partie du projet Unikkausivut. Procurez-vous le coffret DVD Unikkausivut : Transmettre nos histoires.
Nous tenons à préciser que le présent film constitue un document d’archives et qu’on y utilise le terme « Esquimau », désuet et offensant. L’origine du mot prête à controverse, mais celui-ci n’est plus en usage au Canada : le Conseil circumpolaire inuit l’a officiellement rejeté en 1980 et l’ONF ne l’utilise plus depuis des décennies. Il y a donc lieu de considérer ce film, présenté ici en version originale, comme une capsule témoin d’une époque révolue. L’ONF s’excuse auprès des spectatrices et des spectateurs que l’utilisation de ce mot pourrait offusquer.
In this animation film, Norman McLaren imparts unusual activity to an old French-Canadian nonsense song. Simple white cut-outs on pastel backgrounds, many by Evelyn Lambart, provide lively illustrations. The folksong "Mon Merle" is sung in French by the Trio Lyrique of Montreal.
This animated film uses the Arctic landscape and the traditional Inuit characters of the Bear, the Seal and the Owl to raise young people's awareness about the harmful effects of substance abuse. A polar bear experiences hallucinations after inhaling fumes from an abandoned gas can. A nearby owl and seal help to show the bear the error of his ways, thus preventing him from falling further into addiction. This film was an initiative of the Natives of the Institution La Macaza to warn children of the dangers of inhaling toxic chemicals.
This introspective short animation takes place In the village of Carcross, in the Tagish First Nation. Neighbourhood pillar Grandma Kay tell the local children the tale of how Crow brought fire to people. As the story unfolds, we also meet 12-year-old Tish, an introspective, talented girl who feels drawn to the elder. Here, past and present blend, myth and reality meet, and the metaphor of fire infuses all in a location that lies at the heart of this Native community’s spiritual and cultural memory.
This short animated film features the sandman and the creatures he sculpts out of sand. These lively creatures build a castle and celebrate the completion of their new home, only to be interrupted by an uninvited guest. Cleverly constructed with nuance, the film leaves interpretation open to the viewer. The film took home an Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film.
This is the second film in the collection Seasons in the Life of Ludovic. Here the bear cub is playing. Magical thinking governs Ludovic's world as he reigns over his menagerie of paper animals and their jungle home. In his improvised Africa, Ludovic goes from one surprise to another until the animals help themselves to the surprise brought by his mother. When they refuse to obey him, Ludovic doesn't want to play anymore. He bangs the door and pouts. But children's fights don't last. Reconciliation is not far off, especially when there is a snack to be shared by everyone. (See also Ludovic - The Snow Gift.)
This animated short tells the story of a ferocious polar bear turned to stone by an Inuk shaman. The tale is based on emerging filmmaker Echo Henoche's favourite legend, as told to her by her grandfather in her home community of Nain, Nunatsiavut, on Labrador's North Coast. Hand-drawn and painted by Henoche in a style all her own, Shaman is the first collaboration between the Labrador artist and the NFB.
Ages 6 to 11
Arts Education - Art
The teacher can ask students to show, on a timeline, the migration of peoples from Asia; locate, on a map of Canada, territories where Inuit live, along with the type of climate and vegetation; name items one would find in an igloo, and do research on Inuit foods, clothing, culture and games; explain the game of jacks; sculpt an animal out of soapstone the way Inuit sculptors do.