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Native American Heritage Month 2019: Climate Change in the Arctic - An Inuit Reality

The Inuit are a group of culturally similar indigenous people inhabiting Inuit Nunangat, the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada and Alaska. This guide explores the changing of the Inuit's natural environment as a result of global warming.

Film: Inuit Lands - The Melting Point

Film poster for Inuit Lands:  The Melting Point

McCarthy Library - Community Room (1731)
Thursday, November 7th 5:30pm-7pm

Free Showing of the Film:  Inuit Lands: The Melting Point 

Traveling across Greenland from 2011 through 2013, Documentary filmmaker Patrick Morell creates a tribute to Jean Malaurie’s lifetime study of the Arctic people. Malaurie is an internationally renowned French explorer, geomorphologist and ethno historian.

After spending 1950–51 with an isolated group of Eskimos in northern Greenland, sharing their life at the very edge of survival, Malaurie and his companions returned to Thule village to confront a U.S. Air Force base under construction, and suddenly “Men who lived by the harpoon found themselves in the atomic age.”

When Maluarie returned to the Arctic in 1972, the base had irreversibly transformed the Eskimo (Inuit) culture. Addressing these topics and his own experiences, his book The Last Kings of Thule (1955) earned international acclaim.

The film continues in Jean Malaurie’s footsteps and exposes the changes affecting the small hunting and fishing communities of northern Greenland today, including globalization, market economies, and climate change.

Patrick Morell is a Freelance Documentary Cinematographer and Director. His work is dedicated to making films that evoke a deeper understanding of the human experience with all its complexities across diverse topics. Subjects covered include wars, natural and man-made disasters, and regions of environmental concern.