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The Last Days of Okak ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB525545
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Kent Martin, Barry Cowling
Directors:  Anne Budgell, Nigel Markham
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Health and Medicine, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Religious Studies, Safety
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1985
Running Time:  23m 48s


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Only grass-covered ruins remain of the once-thriving town of Okak, an Inuit settlement on the northern Labrador coast. Moravian missionaries evangelized the coast and encouraged the growth of Inuit settlements, but it was also a Moravian ship that brought the deadly Spanish influenza during the world epidemic of 1919. The Inuit of the area were decimated, and Okak was abandoned. Through diaries, old photos and interviews with survivors, this film relates the story of the epidemic, with its accompanying horrors, as well as examining the relations between the natives and the missionairies.

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