The Inuit of the Hudson Bay are in a fight for survival of their way of life. For centuries, they hunted and relied upon the Eider duck for its down feathers and food. But starting in the early 1990’s the duck population dropped significantly.
Biologist and filmmaker Joel Heath spent seven winters in the Artic researching the Inuit and the causes for the declining bird population. Featuring Heath’s groundbreaking footage, People of a Feather takes viewers deep into the worlds of both the Inuit and the Eider duck. Scenes of modern day Inuit families are juxtaposed with re-creations from their ancestors’ traditions, providing an in-depth look into one of our continent’s oldest civilizations and the modern challenges they face. From a wooden shelter on the Arctic shore, Heath filmed the Eider ducks as never before, witnessing their graceful dives below the ocean for food, as well as the impact of changing ice on their population.
Heath discovers the disappearance of Eider birds is a barometer for environmental shifts, largely caused by the massive hydroelectric dams that power eastern North America. Manipulating the flow of water from the dams is altering Arctic sea currents, thus changing the ice flows and migration patterns of the birds and fish.
People of a Feather reveals the dynamic ecological and cultural connections between the Inuit, animals and their Arctic sea ice environment, one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems, and is a call to find energy solutions that work with the seasons of the Earth’s hydrological cycle.
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LESSON PLANS & CLASS ACTIVITIES
Purchase includes link to the Educational Package, five Lesson Plans and Class Activities to use with the film.
Polynya & Floe Edge Habitats (Gr 8 -12)
Hydroelectricity and Sea Ice (Gr 11- Post-Secondary)
Inuit Ingenuity (Grades 6 – 12)
Ecology of the Arctic Eider (Gr 8 – Post Secondary)
Anthropological Filmmaking (Grade 10 – Post Secondary)
Running Time: 52 minutes
and 90 minutes
Scene Selection • Closed Captioned
A film by Joel Heath
Best Documentary Feature, Berlin Independent Film Festival
Best Film, Vancouver Critics Circle
Audience Choice, Best Environmental Film, Vancouver International Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary, LEO Awards
Best Screenwriting, LEO Awards
Best Feature Film, Reel Earth, New Zealand
Jury Award, Green Film Festival, Seoul, Korea
Bronze and Silver World Medals for DIRECTION and CINEMATOGRAPHY, New York International TV and Film Awards
Environment Award, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival