Scene and Heard Film Series: Nanook of the North and Nanook Revisited
November 10Â |Â 11:30 a.m.Â |Â Steele Auditorium
The Scene and Heard Film Series provides a fun and free opportunity to participate in and learn from the Heard Museum’s digital collection in the newly upgraded Steele Auditorium. Join us every 2nd Saturday of the month for films and documentaries that dive into topics that expand on themes presented in the museum.
Nanook of the North
This pioneering documentary film depicts the lives of the Indigenous Inuit people of Canada’s northern Quebec region. Although the production contains some fictional elements, it vividly shows how its subjects survive in such a climate, revealing how they construct their igloo homes and find food by hunting and fishing. The film also captures the beautiful frozen landscape of the Great North.
When Robert Flaherty produced Nanook of the North, he may have created the very first documentary. For many years, his film of the Indigenous people of the north was the main source of information about these cultures. But unfortunately, some of the film’s content was staged and not a true picture. In Nanook Revisited, the site of the original footage is revisited, and the facts are separated from the fiction. The oral tradition of the Inuit reveals that the name Nanook was invented, and that Inuit people found Flaherty and his direction to be a source of endless amusement.