Big miracle and Alaska natives

5 Nov

A few days ago I watched the movie Big miracle at school. The story is about three whales who gets trapped in the ice north in Alaska. A local news reporter trips over the case and it all develops into a big story all over the US. News reporters from all over the country travels to Alaska to follow the case. Greenpeace also gets involved as they wants to save the whales and stop the Inuits from killing them. After a lot of back and forth everyone decides to work together to try and save the whales.

I enjoyed this movie and would recommend it to others.

Inuit are a group of indigenous people who live in Alaska, Greenland and Canada.  Alaska is the home to at least twenty indigenous Alaskan Native languages. The natives hunt sea animals and has their own little community. They don’t have the best living conditions but they want to hold on to their traditions and they don’t want to depend on modern society. Furthermore they used to make a lot of their own clothes and survives by using the resources they find in the nature, but they buy normal clothes and buys food at the store . As with most diverse native cultures, traditions and language have faded in the new world. The Alaska Native language center was established by state legislation in 1972 as a center for research and documentation of twenty native languages of Alaska. The center publishes their research in story collections, dictionaries, grammars, and research papers, as well as storing more than 10,000 artifacts written in or about Alaska Native languages.  In addition to the center, in April 2012, the Alaska Legislature passed Senate Bill 130, authorizing the formation of the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council. In May, Governor Sean Parnell signed the bill into law. The council of five language experts and two rural legislators, will advise the governor and legislature on projects and policy for language preservation and revitalization. The movie gives a quite good description on how the Inuit lives. I don’t think the reality is very different from what we see in the movie.

Please comment if you know some interesting facts about the Inuit.

3 Responses to “Big miracle and Alaska natives”

  1. Ann S. Michaelsen 11/11/2012 at 18:15 #

    That was a precise but short comment about the movie. How about writing some more about the Inuits and if the movie gives a realistic view of how it is to live there?

  2. Brian Hobbs 19/12/2012 at 21:27 #

    Hello, I am Brian Hobbs.
    I am a student at Highland Tech, located in Anchorage, Alaska. I have some information to offer about Alaskan Natives and how they have adapted their culture over the years. You are very correct in saying that the living conditions in many of the villages are not fantastic. Although they are not as nice as that of the larger cities, such as Fairbanks or here in Anchorage, the housing there is often modern. They are usually heated by natural gas, which is a major resource here in Alaska, they have stoves, and in almost all areas indoor bathrooms and plumbing. Something that may surprise many people is that some of the villages even have internet connectivity (I’ve heard it is very slow and unreliable).

    If you are interested in learning more about Alaskan Native heritage, I would suggest taking a look at the Alaska Native Heritage Center’s website. The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a museum here in Anchorage that has a rather extensive collection of artifacts and information. They have gone as far as building replicas of traditional housing for most of the 5 major Alaska Native cultures. I have been there several time and enjoyed very much. Here is the URL to their website.

    • englishsandvika 29/12/2012 at 22:19 #

      Hi Brian, thanks for taking the time to comment and giving me all this information. It’s really helpful!

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