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The Owl Who Married a Goose: An Eskimo Legend

The Owl Who Married a Goose: An Eskimo Legend

| 7 min

In this short animation based on an Inuit legend, a goose captures the fancy of an owl, a weakness for which he will pay dearly. The sound effects and voices are Inuktitut, but the animation leaves no doubt as to the unfolding action. A story with the wry humor characteristic of many Inuit tales.

  • director
    Caroline Leaf
  • animation
    Caroline Leaf
  • drawings
    Agnes Nanogak
  • producer
    Pierre Moretti
  • sound
    Jeela Alilkatuktuk
    Paul Angiyou
    Martha Kauki
  • editing
    Pierre Lemelin


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Ages 9 to 13

Health/Personal Development - Healthy Relationships
Health/Personal Development - Mental Health/Stress/Suicide
Indigenous Studies - Arts
Media Education - Film Animation

Study Native/Inuit art – the subject, medium and the artists. Have students represent a familiar fable through an Aboriginal art medium. Act out the story, adding dialogue. Reproduce images of the film in a comic strip frame, adding dialogue. Is the story happy or sad? Can you relate to the themes of desire/longing, rejection, and heartbreak? What happens to the Owl in the end? Discuss options for dealing with intense feelings.

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