Monday, 29 October 2012

Building a Kayak by Quentin Brown - NFB Documentary

Hour long (in two parts) documentary on Netsilik Inuit constructing a kayak, dating back to 1967 and done by Quentin Brown. 

I just built a kayak, and it’s great and all, and a super fun process, and a fully functional water craft...but it pales in comparison to people making one from driftwood and bone, seal skin and sinew, and bone and flint tools. And not only do they build it, but the idea of someone devising it in the long losts mist of time - and then to think that that first builder would have mustered up the courage to get in his new invention and paddle around in the arctic seas. Makes any thing I did pale in comparison.

Oh, and I’d also like to say that the National Film Board of Canada is a real treasure.

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