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The Owl and the Lemming: An Eskimo Legend

The Owl and the Lemming: An Eskimo Legend

| 5 min

Using life-like seal fur puppets, this animated short by Co Hoedeman tells the traditional Inuit tale of the owl and the lemming.

  • direction
    Co Hoedeman
  • set design
    Germaine Arnaktauyok
  • puppet design
    Germaine Arnaktauyok
  • song
    Eric Tagoona
  • song - interpretation
    Patsy Kowtak
    Susan Tagoona
    Thomas Kudloo
  • animation assistant
    Michèle Pauzé
  • editing
    Yves Leduc
  • commentary
    Bill Davies
  • reading
    Julie Wildman
  • music editing
    Maurice Blackburn
  • sound recording
    Claude Hazanavicius
  • re-recording
    Roger Lamoureux
  • producer
    Pierre Moretti


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Ages 9 to 11

Study Guide - Guide 1

English Language Arts - Children's Stories/Fables

The teacher can ask students to explain and comment on the moral of this legend. Also, read La Fontaine’s fable of The Raven and the Fox, finding similarities with the Inuit legend. Locate the initial situation, the triggering element, the ups and downs, the dénouement and the final situation of the Owl and the Lemming legend so as to study its structure. Drawing inspiration from the legend, write their own. Explain the purpose of the inukshuk and build a miniature one.

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