Barrow, Alaska: Our Tales to Tell

ISBN 13: 9780615270777

Barrow, Alaska: Our Tales to Tell

 
9780615270777: Barrow, Alaska: Our Tales to Tell

Featuring:

· The Subsistence Way of Life - Celebrating a Whaling Culture
o The Kannik crew making an umiaq, or skin whaling boat
· Alaska's Arctic Science City
· An Introduction to the Iñupiat Heritage Center
· How People Work, Live and Study in the Harshest of Environments
· Local Craftspeople creating Traditional Artwork and exploring new avenues of Creativity
o Interviews with artists Wendell Brower, Thomas Coates, Rainey Higbee and Rosabelle Rexford
· How the People of the North Slope uniquely provide Drinking Water, electricity, heat and other services in the Arctic
o Interview with Barrow Utilities and Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BUECI) General Manager Ben Frantz
· Traditional Eskimo Dancing
o Barrow Dancers
· Local wildlife
· A Look at how Visitors Enjoy and safely experience the Wonders of our ancient, yet modern home

Running Time Approximately: 60:00 Minutes

Special Bonus Feature for Kids:

· Let Me Tell You About My Home - Narrated by Frieda Kaleak
· Running Time: 5 minutes

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Review:

Having lived in Alaska for more than 25 years I can honestly say that 'Barrow, Alaska: Our Tales to Tell' is excellent for learning about the North Slope Borough and the melting pot culture that it is today. Written and produced by Touch Alaska Interactive, Media, in my opinion, Our Tales is the single most knowledgeable overview of arctic life. Teachers, students and people seriously considering visiting or moving to the North slope will find Tales a realistic and practical beginner's overview of history, anthropology, geography and demographics. I recommend every public library and school district add this DVD to its media collection. Our Tales to Tell is excellent for contrasting the historical and mythical perception of what the 'Southern States' think of Barrow, Alaska in contrast to the modern, technologically advanced society it is today. Teachers interested in linguistics will be able to teach students that the narrators' voices and inflections are examples of two people from the same culture learning English at different times in their lives. The man's voice is easily identifiable as a person taught to think and read in English as his predominate language while the woman s voice and inflection is that of an Iñupiat having learned English as a second language while still thinking in Iñupiat. Teachers interested in anthropology and history will be able to use this DVD in chapters to teach students (of various ages) about absorption of subcultures into modern North American society. This DVD is a wonderful way for educators to teach how the Iñupiat Eskimos have incorporated ancient traditions into the modern world. Students will be interested, if not fascinated, by the visual presentation, but will find the pace of the film a bit slow and may perceive some of the narration somewhat below their age (therefore, un-cool) and grade level. Teachers may need to prep older students about their behavior to keep the class from having side-conversations [Using the linguistics narrative differences as an instructional experience will be a useful way to keep the older students on task.] The beautiful and some stark visual images both historical and modern are the outstanding presentation value of this film. The narration is factual and informative. In sum, I would purchase this DVD for my personal library. More importantly, as a teacher I will use this DVD in my own classroom instruction for the very purposes stated above. Professional Criticism: For young students ages between late second grade and fourth, it is a bit too long to show without breaking it up into instructional units using the DVD chapters. Teachers could easily make a week-long instructional unit on northern Alaska Native culture. Some sections of the DVD are more sophisticated and appropriate for older students (6th through 12th) and adults. However, the photographs visual film are universally age appropriate. Overall Opinion of DVD for educational purposes: Generally for all grades, people considering moving to the arctic and tourists: visually A ; practical & informative value A ; narration, music and pacing; B. For Grades 2nd through 4th: visually A ; overall B+ (using the DVD in chapters and units of instruction) because information narration may be too sophisticated for some young students. Grades 5th through 9th: visually A ; Narration s simplicity & soothing music [may be perceived as un-cool], C+ , however practical and & informative value is generally A . For Teachers of cross-cultural learning, geography, history and anthropology: visual impact A; Practical & Informative value A ; Narration & music music B- . A skilled educator can bring this DVD to a lively and memorable classroom experience. --Review by S. Nelson, educator, administator, Alaska & Oregon

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