Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Caribou and Wolves: The Endless Dance

Caribou and Wolves:  The Endless Dance (47 minutes, produced for the BBC, 2004)

This documentary was filmed in 2003 and 2004 by the Canadian filmmakers Jeff and Sue Turner and their assistant, Paul Zakora.  It captures the caribou migration across the barren lands of northern Canada. 

The Inuit also continue to dance with the caribou, although their absolute dependence on the animals is rapidly becoming a distant memory.  Luckily, the ancient human-caribou interdependence has been captured in the full length legendary film Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner (amazon), in the novel Lost in the Barrens (amazon), and the non-fictional account of an Inuit group in People of the Deer (amazon).

A recent article in the UK Guardian touches upon the lost world of the human relationship with the caribou in Rudolph and our early ancestors - a love story. Thanks to John Hawks for flagging this article.

Further Reading:

Decline and Recovery of the Bathurst Caribou Herd
Summary Report by Lorien Nesbitt and Jan Adamczewski
November 12, 2009
(pdf)

Update on NWT barren-ground caribou
November 6, 2012
(url)

Wolf Numbers Down
in Northwest Territories Wolf Notes, No. 8, 2006/7
(pdf)

Caribou and Climate Change
Greenpeace Report, 1999
(html)

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