February 27, 2009

Stolen Duck-In is good news

Films tells Inupiaq historyAll filmmakers would likely agree that it is a good sign when their film has run out in stores, even if it's not always properly paid for. Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson, a Barrow, Alaska, filmmaker, took it as a compliment when her Inupiaq film "The Duck-In" was snatched off the shelves. But for Edwardson, the film's popularity is second to its importance.

"The Duck-In," Edwardson's pilot educational film, and her newest "Nipaa Ilitqusipta--The Voice of Our Spirit," are both part of an Inupiaq history series that will be included in the curriculum and used in classes across the North Slope. A third film is on its way.
And:Both of Edwardson's films touch on important issues in the lives of Inupiaq communities. In "The Duck-In," Edwardson documents the people's successful protest in the early 1960s against new federal regulations that interfered with subsistence hunting.Comment:  For more on the subject, see Native Documentaries and News.

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