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| 14 min

This short documentary is a portrait of Ulayok Kaviok, one of the last of a generation of Inuit, born and bred on the land. Ulayok and her family, like many Inuit today, strive to balance 2 very different worlds. Her skills in making the sealskin boots called kamik may soon be lost in the cultural transformation overtaking her community. Kamik offers a glimpse of those universes and the thread one woman weaves between them.

  • director
    Elise Swerhone
  • producer
    Joe MacDonald
  • executive producer
    Ches Yetman
  • script
    Bob Lower
  • camera
    Charles Konowal
  • sound
    Leon Johnson
  • editing
    Lara Mazur
  • sound editing
    Gloria Thorsteinson
  • re-recording
    Clive Perry
  • narrator
    Bonnie Dickie
  • music
    Randolph Peters


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Ages 13 to 11

Arts Education - Art
Geography - Territory: Indigenous
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Science - Environmental Science

Students research Inuit culture and choose one traditional craft. They write a report or make a presentation and compare traditional method vs. influences of southern technologies. Students research Aboriginal group in/near their own communities and report on a traditional art. Students research Inuit art communities (ex. Cape Dorset) and pick an artist, teach class their work. Students create a map with Inuit communities in Canada, report on environment and how Inuit use land to survive, traditional customs.

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