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Nuliajuk: Mother of the Sea Beasts (2/3)


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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: drumsong communications
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 51 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2001
Available in French: No

Be it myth or ancient religion the age-old story of Nuliajuk is the key to a mystery; a haunting and gripping tale that opens a window into the soul of the Inuit. Nuliajuk: Mother of the Sea Beasts, depicts two interconnected journeys - one Inuit and the other a parallel non-native one. Both are in search of the elusive and mythical Nuliajuk, a female deity whose presence is seen in countless works of Inuit art. Rarely spoken of, and even then in awe or terror, her presence is nonetheless a central one in traditional Inuit spirituality. Carried throughout the Arctic in the hearts and imaginations of the ancestral Inuit people; driven underground and into hiding by the strictures of the church and its missionaries, Nuliajuk's truth and story now emerge. In an ancient culture her memory had faded but Director John Houston seeks out those elders who remember the times when She was the source of all life and brave hunters trembled simply to say her name or wept as they drew her image. Houston's own life-long connection with the Arctic and its peoples allows him to step into this society with its extraordinary worldview. The people he encounters on this voyage re-stage ancient dances not done in almost a century. If we listen carefully, this mother of the sea beasts has an ancient message that reveals as much about our own culture, its values, and our chances of survival, as it does about the Inuit.