________________ CM . . . . Volume VII Number 7 . . . . December 1, 2000

cover My Village in Nunavik.

Bobby Kenuajuak (Director). Nicole Lamothe (Producer).
Montreal, PQ: National Film Board of Canada, 1999.
46 min., 57 sec., VHS, $39.95.
Order Number: C9199 066.

Subject Headings:
Inuit-Quebec (province)-Social life and customs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

Grades 10 and up / Ages 15 and up.

Review by Joanne Peters.

** /4

My Village in Nunavik provides a glimpse of daily life over the course of three seasons, in the village of Puvirnituq, in northern Quebec. The excitement of spring and summer hunting, the fun of games and contests in order to break the monotony of a seemingly endless winter, and the blending of modern technology with centuries-old traditions are the subject of this documentary. Bobby Kenuajuak, the producer of this video, is clearly attached to the people and life of the village in which he grew up. Not only does he see value in those aspects of southern civilization which have made easier the difficult business of survival in the North, but he also honours and respects those aspects of traditional life which are healthier, spiritually and physically, for the Inuit. As a member of generation which has grown up in wooden houses, rather than igloos, and as someone who prefers rock (sung in Inuktitut) over country and western, Kenuajuak aims to present the best of both worlds. Much as I enjoyed watching the video, I was left unsure as to how I would use it in a curricular context. Certainly, it provides a typical "a day in the life" of an Inuit village and would provide senior high school geography students with a sense of the important role that hunting and fishing continues to play. The video is also available in French as Mon village au Nunavik and, in that format, could provide a useful resource for French-language students. Before deciding to purchase, if at all possible, preview and decide how it will fit your collection and your school's resource needs.

Recommended with reservations.

Joanne Peters is a teacher-librarian at Kelvin High School in Winnipeg, MB.

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