How to Build an Igloo (Inuktitut version)

How to Build an Igloo (Inuktitut version)

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This classic short film shows how to make an igloo using only snow and a knife. Two Inuit men in Canada’s Far North choose the site, cut and place snow blocks and create an entrance--a shelter completed in one-and-a-half hours. The commentary explains that the interior warmth and the wind outside cement the snow blocks firmly together. As the short winter day darkens, the two builders move their caribou sleeping robes and extra skins indoors, confident of spending a snug night in the midst of the Arctic cold!

Please note that this is an archival film that makes use of the word “Eskimo,” an outdated and offensive term. While the origin of the word is a matter of some contention, it is no longer used in Canada. The term was formally rejected by the Inuit Circumpolar Council in 1980 and has subsequently not been in use at the NFB for decades. This film is therefore a time-capsule of a bygone era, presented in its original version. The NFB apologizes for the offence caused.

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How to Build an Igloo (Inuktitut version), Douglas Wilkinson, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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Credits
  • director
    Douglas Wilkinson
  • commentary
    Douglas Wilkinson
  • producer
    Michael Spencer
  • camera
    Chester C. Kissick
  • editing
    Neil Harris