1983 / 40 minutes

Directed by
Graham Johnston
Country of production
United Kingdom
National Film and Television School

Shot on the mosquito-ridden shores of the Mackenzie Delta in Canada’s North-West territories, the film deals with the annual Beluga (white whale) hunt. Three families are followed who have migrated 110 miles in order to lay supplies for the winter. Central character, Buster Kalek and his grandson Trevor, are seen in a dramatic Beluga chase. Elders of the Innuvialluit Eskimo feel that the survival of their way of life lies in the transmission of knowledge about traditional fishing.

Language and subtitles
English (no subtitles)
North America
Hunting / Gathering / Fishing Animals Indigenous peoples / First Nations peoples Education / Knowledge transmission