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Ikpuck the Igloo Dweller

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1930 to 1931
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441 (16mm)
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Library and Archives Canada: 16mm.
"A look at the Copper Eskimos of the Coronation Gulf. The location is fixed by use of a map, and the film covers a change of seasons. Sequences include: Inuit children harnessing dogs and sledding on sea ice; October ice fishing by nets; building kamatik sled with drill and biti; and Inuit children skipping rope. Ikpuck, an elderly man, builds an igloo and his wife, Haiokok, chinks it. Footage shows an Inuit drum dance where Ikpuck sings and dances; a winter camp and preparations for a caribou hunting trip; Ikpuck wearing slitted snow goggles; Inuit in traditional long parkas, an angijutauiuq parka, a quilittaq outer parka, and an atigi; the summer ice break-up and salmon fishing; and an old woman sharpening her uluk knife, cutting the men's catch, and eating some of it raw."

This is the short silent version of the film "The Igloo Dweller" released in 1931. A short sound version (13min) was also released in 1934.