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Edited film depicts the native peoples of the Chukotka Peninsula, the Chukchi and Siberian Eskimo, whose traditional economies are based on whaling, hunting of other sea mammals, and reindeer herding. Coastal and tundra dwelling people are linked by trading relationships and a common culture. Coastal Chukchi are shown engaged in subsistence practices indistinguishable from their ancestors while the reindeer herders are shown living in the <iaranga>, a traditional complex tent built of poles and skins. The film presents the continuity and persistence of traditional practices including examples of the Sirenikski language (now almost extinct) spoken by elderly Eskimo.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD