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Caribou Kayak

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Otto Apsaktaun and Gino Akka are the last Inuit elders who know the secrets of making a unique Canadian boat built for the Arctic--the Netsilingmeot caribou-hunting kayak.

In the summer of 2002, they invited the youth of their hamlet of Kugaaruk, and a couple of southerners, to join them in a remote tundra camp. Here they build a pair of these beautiful kayaks. At Barrow Lake we witness a unique experiment in the transmission and preservation of a vanishing culture.

2004, 49 min 24 s

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