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Land of the Long Day

Land of the Long Day

| 37 min

During the short Arctic summer on Baffin Island, the native Inuit enjoys four months of continuous daylight. But it is no time for relaxation, for provision must be made for the long, cold winter night ahead. In this film Idlouk, an Inuit hunter, tells of his life in this northern land. We watch as he stalks the seal so vital to his existence, and as he and other hunters set out in kayaks to harpoon the white whale and the narwhal. At camp we meet his wife, children and aged parents, each of whom has work to do in the unceasing struggle for survival in this harsh land.

Please note that this is an archival film that makes use of the word “Eskimo,” an outdated and offensive term.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.


Credits
  • director
    Douglas Wilkinson
  • script
    Douglas Wilkinson
  • producer
    Michael Spencer
  • photography
    Jean Roy
  • sound
    Clarke Daprato
  • editing
    Victor Jobin
  • sound editing
    Kenneth Heeley-Ray
  • narrator
    John Drainie
  • music
    Louis Applebaum

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Education

Ages 9 to 17

Geography - Territory: Indigenous
Geography - The Arctic
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World

Have students research how the Tununermiut use their environment to sustain them. Have students examine the Tununermiut today and how their mode of living has changed since the film was made. Has climate change affected their environment and food supply?

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