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The Owl and the Lemming: An Eskimo Legend ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB520085
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Pierre Moretti
Directors:  Co Hoedeman
Producing Agencies:  Canada. Ministère des affaires indiennes et du Nord canadien (Ottawa),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Animation, Animation, Canadian Literature, Canadian Literature, Children's Stories, Children's Stories, First Nations Studies, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Peoples, Language Arts, Language Arts, Literature, Literature, Science, Science
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1971
Running Time:  5m 59s


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The owl and the lemming in this animated film are short-legged, plumply stuffed puppets made of sealskin by Inuit artists. The accompanying song and voices are in Inuktitut, although the legend is narrated in English. It is a story that all audiences, especially children, will enjoy. Moreover, it preserves on film an example of Inuit folklore that may in time disappear.

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