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Beluga Days, Le beau plaisir ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB524387
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Guy L. Coté, Jacques Bobet
Directors:  Pierre Perrault, Michel Brault, Bernard Gosselin
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Civics, Diversity, Documentary, Geography, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1968
Running Time:  14m 52s


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From the lower St. Lawrence, a picture of whale hunting that looks more like a round-up, with a corral, whale-boys and all. In 1534, when he stopped at the island he named l'Île-aux-Coudres, Jacques Cartier saw how the Indians captured the little white beluga whales by setting a fence of saplings into off-shore mud. In the film, the islanders show that the old method still works, thanks to the trusting 'sea-pigs,' the same old tide, and a little magic.

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