Showing of The Last Mooseskin Boat Popular with Viewers

 
Firth River in Ivvavik National Park (British Mountains). Photo by Catarina Owen

Firth River in Ivvavik National Park (British Mountains). Photo by Catarina Owen

 

Blog Post by Catarina Owen

To celebrate International Mountain Day as part of the 2016 Mountain Festival, on December 12, 2016, the Western Arctic Research Centre, Inuvik, NT screened the National Film Board movie The Last Mooseskin Boat (1982).

This intriguing documentary honours the history of the Shúhtagot'ı̨nę (Mountain Dene people of the Mackenzie River area in the Northwest Territories of Canada). The Shúhtagot'ı̨nę made boats out of dried moose hides stretched over a wooden frame. The boats were used for generations to transport people and trade goods from the mountainous regions, down to trading centres.

Ivvavik National Park (British Mountains). Photo by Catarina Owen

Ivvavik National Park (British Mountains). Photo by Catarina Owen

Attendees also got to see raw footage from Ivvavik National Park (British Mountains) courtesy of Parks Canada.

This event was part of the Canadian Mountain Network’s 2016 Mountain Festival, made possible through the generous support of the University of Alberta faculty of Science, the <ahref="http://www.ualberta.ca/arts/" target="_blank">University of Alberta faculty of Arts, NSERCCampbell Scientific CanadaFirst Air, and Marmot Basin. Search #IMD2016CMN to find live-tweets and posts from the 2016 Mountain Festival!

See the Canadian Mountain Network’s YouTube channel for more Mountain Festival videos!