Birthing in Inukjuak!

This movie sheds light on a personal, professional and cultural level which entails birthgiving in Nunavik.  In January 2005, Phoebe Atagootalook is the first inuit women to officially be approved by the perinatal committee for a homebirth since the 1960’s.  The film follows Phoebe and her family for the two weeks before the birth of her fifth child: Mumlu.

This photo was taken in Inukjuak, Nunavik in March 2010.  It features Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University student, Isabella Rose Weetaluktuk.  In this photo Bella is wearing a brand new parka which she and her cousin Betsy Weetaluktuk sewed. The materials for the parka were purchased at the Inukjuak co-op store and include  commander silipak (the green heavy duty outerwear parka material), a cotton print for the trim, and commercially produced cuffs. The inner lining is a cozy wool blend, matching, green tartan.  The red fox fur was purchased from the Inukjuak hunter’s support store and the tie string was hand braided by the seamstresses.  The crochet head band was made in Clyde River, by an unnamed craftperson and the Smith goggles are designed to accommodate regular glasses.  On her feet, Isabella is sporting purple sorel boots, purchased at the Northern Store in Kuujjuaq in the early 1990’s.  In this photo Bella is standing at the side of her Anansiaq’s  (Lucy Weetaluktuk’s home) in Inukjuak, where her Uncle Eliasi had just given her a piece of frozen caribou for lunch.

Inukjuak Airport, Nunavik, Quebec.

Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board, our sister organization under NILCA is located in this community, and I spent all of 45 minutes at this airport on the way back from Ivujivik. I had to take a tiny plane back to Kuujjuaq across the frozen landscape of Nunavik from here, no milk runs on this route.

A dozen killer whales that were trapped under the ice near a northern Canadian village are now free. The ice cold waters on Hudson Bay froze around the whales, making their fate seem dim. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, locals were planning to use chainsaws and drills to cut through the ice and free the whales. Fears that the tools available were not strong enough to free the whales before it too late, plagued would-be rescuers. (via Killer Whales Trapped Under The Ice Now Free)

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The Great North is a 2001 documentary that was filmed in the IMAX format. The film is a representation of the famous Robert Flaherty documentary, Nanook of the North, which is a detailed account of the Inuit people who lived off the frigid landscape of the Arctic North. In Great North, Nanook’s grandson is the narrator. He takes the viewers on a great adventure through the rich majesty of the Canadian setting, along with the breathtaking and awesome landscape of the freezing, snow-covered environment. Great North looks at the long-standing traditions of the Inuit people, such as fishing and hunting.

The documentary was filmed near Inukjuak, on Hudson Bay in northern Quebec and also in Ontario. Great North has gained notoriety for a brief clip of an unexplained animal shown 9 minutes and 18 seconds into the film. The creature can be seen running alongside a herd of caribou as they flee up a steep hill. The animal appears to be a solid black color and has a gorilla like stride. The footage was filmed in Ontario, Canada, where gorillas and chimpanzees do not live. The video was captured with an advanced IMAX camera that has the capacity to record and display images at a far greater size and resolution than conventional film systems.

What to Look For

For starters, the video that I have included is an analyzed video, so it is zoomed in and grainy. The original clip was taken at a much farther distance. In the original video, the creature is very small, but the capabilities of the camera allow for a clear expansion. The scene in question shows footage of a great caribou migration. In the background of the shot, not far from where the caribou are running across a large stream, a black figure emerges from an unseen ditch and runs parallel to the ungulates for a short distance, before ducking down and disappearing from view. The creature can then be seen making a 90 degree turn to the left and traveling up the hill.

Similar to other Bigfoot videos, claims have been made that the original footage of the event has been suppressed from release. With the IMAX camera, it is possible to enlarge digital images with great clarity. Pictures of the creature could be produced with great precision, accuracy, and substantial detail. These images could then be shared with the public. However, the documentation of such evidence has not been released and may not suit the scientific world. Many different websites have identified the creature as a film crew member wearing a backpack who was discreetly positioned to direct the caribou herds. As the sun hits the figure, a much more detailed profile is made. As the creature drops out of sight, it can be seen touching the top of its head. The video remains controversial and could show a Sasquatch hunting for food in the great north.