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The Romance of the Far Fur Country - Arctic Canada caught on 1919 silent film

The Romance of the Far Fur Country - Arctic Canada caught on 1919 silent film | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

One of the world's earliest documentaries has been restored and is getting a new screening.

[excerpt]

By Chris Nikkel
Documentary maker

One of the world's early documentaries featured unique footage of the lives of Arctic fur trappers in 1919. After long being forgotten, it's now been restored for modern audiences in Canada, including communities descended from those featured in the silent film.

In July 1919, the RMS Nascopie departed Montreal. It carried supplies bound for Arctic fur trade posts.

But the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) ice-breaker had extra cargo on its annual trip. A film crew is on board.

The ship headed north. As they travelled, a cameraman filmed the Nascopie crashing through ice floes.

When the ship anchored, he went overboard, trudging across the ice with a tripod cradled in his arms. A second camera rolled from the deck, recording it all.

The film crew had orders from the HBC headquarters in London. They were to make a film capturing the company's workings and commercial land holdings, holdings that once covered one twelfth of the earth's surface.

But the HBC wanted rid of the land, and were looking for people to settle on it.

And thus a memo from HBC executives - the film should be "advertising the Company and incidentally its lands, without appearing to do so".

The silent film was eventually called The Romance of the Far Fur Country. It was used to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the historic company in 1920.

Over the course of six months, the film crew crossed Canada. They captured extraordinary footage in the most inhospitable conditions imaginable.

In northern Alberta, they travelled by dogsled over a frozen river. The camera caught a sled tipping, with crates of film equipment thrown into the snow.

On the Abitibi River, in northern Ontario, they filmed from canoes. They ran rapids, portaged hills with canoes on their shoulders and camped in the wilderness. They played with silhouettes against the flowing river, one camera filming the other.

At Lake Harbour, on Baffin Island, one of the most memorable scenes unfolded. An Inuit man named Inqmilayuk sat around a campfire, talking. A white man, who is in fact the captain of the Nascopie, Edmund Mack, listened intently, puffing on a pipe.

"I was but a youth when I learned to hunt, as my fathers did before me", the title reads. It is followed by a cut-away of a man throwing a harpoon.

"She told me that she loved me", reads another title, introducing Inqmilayuk's budding romance with a woman named Innotseak. In the final scene, the lovebirds walk into the horizon, backs to the camera. The screen goes to black like in a Charlie Chaplin comedy, the iris closing in around the characters.

According to Canadian visual historian Peter Geller, these scenes can place The Romance of the Far Fur Country in the context of the history of documentary film, a history dominated by Robert Flaherty, who British film icon John Grierson hailed as the father of documentary.

"Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North (1922) is seen as a pivotal moment in the history of non-fiction film," Peter says. But he adds a caveat.

"What has been forgotten is that the HBC film shot in 1919 used many of the filmic and narrative techniques to tell its 'Life Story of the Eskimo' that Flaherty would later employ in his film. And outdoing Flaherty, the HBC film used titles in the Inuit language."

Nanook of the North would become a classic of early film. Commercial spin-offs like the "Nanook Fizz" soft-drink, and "Igloo" refrigeration units cashed in on its popularity.

This same iconic status cannot be said of The Romance of the Far Fur Country. When the completed film premiered across Western Canada and in London, it was accompanied by a live orchestra. It played to packed houses. One Canadian newspaper said the film showed "Scenes Never Shown Anywhere Before".

But then the film faded from view. By the mid-1950s, the footage - more than 20 reels in mismatched order - was given to the National Film Archive, what would become the British Film Institute Archive, for safe keeping. In the 1980s, a safety print was made but the footage had only been watched by a handful of people.

It wasn't until Peter Geller went to London to see the footage in the 1990s - and was able to assess its real worth - that The Romance of the Far Fur Country began its long journey back to the screen.

"What is remarkable is that this unique footage has survived into the 21st Century," says Geller, "especially as no comparable motion picture was made during this period in Canada."

And this is where the Hudson's Bay Company Archives in Winnipeg entered the story.

[...]

See also The Return of the Far Fur Country

http://www.returnfarfurcountry.ca/

http://www.returnfarfurcountry.ca/about_the_film.html

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The Return of the Far Fur Country is a collaborative project to resurrect a lost silent film called The Romance of the Far Fur Country. Produced by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1920, the silent feature film has been shelved, stored in pieces and largely unseen in a British archive for the last half-century. This is a project to bring the 8 hours of film footage back to Canada, to reconstruct the original film, then to return these archival moving images to the communities of origin. Collaborating on the project are archivists, academics, filmmakers and community groups.
The goal of this project is to explore the contemporary meanings of these images through consultations with various stakeholders. This process includes the preservation of the nitrate film elements, the re-release of this historic film, and a revisiting of the route taken by the filmmakers in 1920 to host town-hall screenings for communities to contribute names and knowledge to this unique archival collection.
The end result of the project is the distribution of these images and stories to the public through a documentary film, web site, and traditional print publications; contributing to the ongoing discourse of Canada’s regional and national identity.

[...] See also NITRATE TREASURES: ACHIVAL HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY FILM

Wed Feb 15 at 7:00 PM

1920, 30 MIN, Silent, BW

http://www.winnipegfilmgroup.com/cinematheque/nitrate_t.aspx

* Q & A and reception to follow

The Manitoba Historical Society in partnership with the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives and Five Door Films will host an event to celebrate the return to Canada of rarely seen films documenting the Hudson Bay Company’s activities and first nations communities in the Canadian north in the early 20th century. The screening includes excerpts from the newly transferred nitrate film footage of The Romance of the Far Fur Country which premiered on May 23, 1920, at Winnipeg's illustrious Allen Theatre. The film was then released across Western Canada, and was eventually re-cut for a British version and screened in London. Less than a decade later, the film disappeared from public view; the canisters of nitrate film stock were packed away by the HBC in an archive in London for safe keeping — but lost to the world... until now.

The screening will be followed by presentations that will discuss the circumstances surrounding the return of the films as well as the projects that are underway to promote them to wider audiences and to the communities represented in the films.

This event is generously sponsored by the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives and the Manitoba Historical Society

 

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"Vanishing Point" NFB documentary introduces audience to diverse northern cultures - Canadian Geographic

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New #Arctic #Economic Council will try to shape #development in North

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The first meeting of the Arctic Economic Council begins Tuesday in Iqaluit, with the new group aiming to lay the groundwork for businesses seeking opportunities as climate change opens up the North.
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"....WWF turns against council

At least one group is leery of the Arctic Economic Council.

The World Wildlife Fund, which originally supported the group, has said that the way it has been set up is opaque and unaccountable. The fund said it was refused permission to observe this week's meeting.

"The proposed body will be neither open nor transparent and accountable to no one but the large industries expected to cover the costs of the group," the fund has said. "It will comprise an indeterminate group of business interests selected according to no clear criteria and acting on their own behalf."

But Hannu Halinen, Finland's senior Arctic official, said the business council will strengthen the overall Arctic Council.

"We have seen the expanding agenda to economic issues," he said on the same government video.

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New canine crime fighter makes his mark in Nunavut - CBC.ca

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The RCMP in Nunavut say their latest crime fighter is confident, motivated and always ready to work.
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Talon's already been in the news. 

He helped recapture an escaped prisoner from the Baffin Correctional Centre on Aug. 14. The man slipped out of his restraints while being transferred to the court house. Within fifteen minutes, Talon had followed the man's scent to the outskirts of town. 

Pike says it's been a couple of years since the Nunavut RCMP has had a full time canine unit.

"I'm kind of biased, but a police dog I think is invaluable, the skills that they can offer, the services," says Pike.

The canine unit often works as support to other officers. Pike and Talon stay in the background unless they're needed. An example is when officers go to search a house for drugs and are concerned a suspect may try to flee...."

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ARCTIC CONFERENCE AND EVENTS LIST - The Arctic Institute

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Arctic Conference and Events List

The purpose of this list is to provide a comprehensive list of Arctic-themed conferences, workshops and events that is regularly updated and easily accessible. 

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Arctic Conference and Events List

 

The purpose of this list is to provide a comprehensive list of Arctic-themed conferences, workshops and events that is regularly updated and easily accessible. 

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Four dead, one missing after tragic boat accident in Greenland - The Copenhagen Post

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Inuit Food Insecurity Slowing Growth In Nunavut Children: Study - Huffington Post Canada

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▶ How to cook whale meat (hvalbiff) - YouTube

An old Scandinavian tradition from your all favourite Swedish chef. Plus a little explanation of why there is absolutely nothing wrong with this sustainable ...
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Iceland to Import Danish Breast Milk - IcelandReview

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When the mother's milk is not available, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breast milk from so-called breast milk banks.
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When the mother’s milk is not available, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breast milk from so-called breast milk banks. There has been an increase in breast milk banks around the world and Iceland is the only Nordic nation not to have its own.

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NASA utilizes U2 spy plane to study Arctic ice - Tech Times

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This leaves little room for error during flight, necessitating the role of mobile pilot.
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Researchers will study melt pond coverage in the Arctic regions were melted snow pools together in low areas, as well as regions of ice largely devoid of snow. They want to know how these regions can affect warming and cooling patterns.

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Inuit Circumpolar Council meets this week in Inuvik, NWT - CBC.ca

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The Shooting Show -- musk ox in Greenland and CLA Game Fair highlights

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Arctic Sovereignty: A Short History - Foreign Policy (blog)

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Geologists Discover 2.7 Million-Year-Old Landscape Hidden Beneath ... - Daily Nexus

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Finding True North -

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Finding True North is a collection of the images, thoughts, and miscellanea that define our lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Follow our Iqaluit blog as we get lost and found in the Great White North.

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Finding True North is a blog collection of the images, thoughts, and miscellanea that define our lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Follow our Iqaluit blog as we get lost and found in the Great White North.

twitter: @FindTrueN
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Iceland Prepares for a Volcano from Hell

Iceland continues to prepare for a possible volcanic eruption. Bardarbunga volcano, buried under one of Europe's largest glaciers, is rumbling to life. Tuesday morning, it was hit by a 5.7-magnitud...
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Published on Aug 27, 2014 Iceland continues to prepare for a possible volcanic eruption.
Bardarbunga volcano, buried under one of Europe's largest glaciers, is rumbling to life. Tuesday morning, it was hit by a 5.7-magnitude quake.

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KROM Greenland Tour 2014 OFFICIAL MOVIE #KROMGREENLANDTOUR

In January of 2014 the KROM team got to pull some sub-zero tricks in the blistering cold north of the Arctic Circle. For two icy weeks we travelled parts of mind blowing Greenland with ONE...
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Published on Aug 27, 2014

In January of 2014 the KROM team got to pull some sub-zero tricks in the blistering cold north of the Arctic Circle.
For two icy weeks we travelled parts of mind blowing Greenland with ONE thing in mind:

KENDAMA!

The program was packed with shows, cruising, demos, workshops, skiing, sailing and more. We had an amazing time especially with all the players of Greenland who are without a doubt at a world class skill level!

Enjoy.
Cinematographer & editor / Emil Boda

#KROMGREENLANDTOUR @KROMKENDAMA

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Iceland's Seabird Colonies Are Vanishing, With "Massive" Chick Deaths - National Geographic

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"...Warming oceans and earlier thaws are driving away the seabirds' prey; unleashing deadly, unseasonal storms; and knocking tight breeding schedules off-kilter. Mounting carbon dioxide absorption and melting glaciers are acidifying and diluting the aquatic balance, jeopardizing marine life and the creatures that depend on it for food...."

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NEWS: Inquiry into missing, murdered #Aboriginal #women must include #Inuit, #ITK says

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Great Northern Canada Writing Contest Deadline September 2 #NWT #YUKON #NUNAVUT #NUNAVIK

Great Northern Canada Writing Contest Deadline September 2 #NWT #YUKON #NUNAVUT #NUNAVIK | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

To enter, submit a piece of prose, either fiction or non-fiction, of up to 1,000 words about life in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut or Nunavik. Previously published items or items that are submitted elsewhere are not eligible.

 Entries should be typed and double-spaced with the title, but not your name, on each numbered page. Please submit a separate cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, word count and whether your piece is fiction or non-fiction.

 Entries must be mailed to:

Great Northern Canada Writing Contest,Box 1256,Yellowknife NT X1A 2N9

Or emailed as a WORD attachment to: info@northwordsnwt.ca with CONTEST ENTRY in the subject line.

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To enter, submit a piece of prose, either fiction or non-fiction, of up to 1,000 words about life in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut or Nunavik. Previously published items or items that are submitted elsewhere are not eligible.

 Entries should be typed and double-spaced with the title, but not your name, on each numbered page. Please submit a separate cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, word count and whether your piece is fiction or non-fiction.

 Entries must be mailed to:

Great Northern Canada Writing Contest,Box 1256,Yellowknife NT X1A 2N9

Or emailed as a WORD attachment to: info@northwordsnwt.ca with CONTEST ENTRY in the subject line.

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Video of Inuk woman plucking bird on Montreal metro train goes viral

Video of Inuk woman plucking bird on Montreal metro train goes viral | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

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The bird-plucker identified herself on social media as Christina David, a young woman from Kangiqsujuaq who is now living in Montreal.

In a Facebook post July 25, David said she was surprised to see the incident had made the local news.

“It’s not like we get to eat our country food every day,” she wrote. “I was so happy that I didn’t care where I was at the moment but all I have to say it that I ain’t crazy.”

It’s not clear what kind of bird David had with her that day, although she added that she was not eating the animal raw, as had been reported.

Montreal police have said the woman could face a charge of disturbing the peace, because the incident upset passengers around her...."

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 CTV coverage here http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/montreal-bird-plucker-can-t-believe-it-went-this-far-1.1933412

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Ottawa students awed by the sights as they take on the Arctic - Ottawa Citizen

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Ottawa Citizen Ottawa students awed by the sights as they take on the Arctic Ottawa Citizen She's one of 86 international students — including five from Ottawa — that launched from Canada's capital en route to Greenland as part of the Students on...
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“You always hear about global warming and everything that it’s doing but you never get a face on what it’s really affecting,” said Patterson, adding Inuit elders spoke of the warmth changing the landscape, moving the tree line farther up and destroying habitat for Arctic animals. They pointed out other animals and birds that are not native to the area, but are surviving in what once was a hostile climate.

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Alaska business leaders named to new Arctic Economic Council - The Arctic Sounder

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Alaska business leaders named to new Arctic Economic Council The Arctic Sounder Three Alaskans have been chosen to participate in the first meeting of a council aimed at encouraging economic stability and growth as well as environmental protection...
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Lori Davey, general manager of Fairweather LLC, a member of the Edison Chouest Offshore companies, Bruce Harland, vice president business development for Crowley Marine Services, Inc., and Gail Shubert, president and CEO of Bering Straits Native Corporation have all agreed to be founding members of the Arctic Economic Council, a council associated with the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission.

NANA Corporation Vice President of Community and Regional Affairs Chuck Greene agreed to participate as an alternate.

The group was formed at the request of the minister of the Arctic Council, Leona Aglukkaq, who recommended that the chamber and the state council work collaboratively....."

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Arctic Lakes May Soak Up Greenhouse Gases as Permafrost Melts - Science World Report

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Science World Report Arctic Lakes May Soak Up Greenhouse Gases as Permafrost Melts Science World Report In order to see how permafrost and thermokarsts might impact climate, the researchers used data from the circumpolar arctic and their own field...

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Ittinuar family from Rankin Inlet wore their traditional beaded amautiit at the Nunavut Day celebrations

Ittinuar family from Rankin Inlet wore their traditional beaded amautiit at the Nunavut Day celebrations | Inuit Nunangat Stories | Scoop.it

The Ittinuar family from Rankin Inlet wore their traditional beaded amautiit at the Nunavut Day celebrations in Rankin Inlet July 9. Like many of Nunavut's 25 communities, Rankin Inlet celebrated the birth of the territory and the land claim with outdoor games, bannock making and other activities including the "largest egg toss ever." (PHOTO BY DOUG MCLARTY/ARCTECH DESIGN AND SERVICES)

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Climate Change and Greenland: Where Ice Melt Could Raise Seas by 23 Feet (PHOTOS) - weather.com

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The pace of Greenland's ice melt suggests that (Climate Change & Greenland: Where Ice Melt Could Raise Seas by 23 Feet (PHOTOS) http://t.co/mAGHUBaCJM #SaveTheArctic
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