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In Search of the Bowhead Whale
1974, production : Bill Mason
Academic scientists are showing an increased openness to the...
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In Search of the Bowhead Whale
1974, production : Bill Mason
Hunting bowhead whales was once essential to the survival of...
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Death of a Legend
1971, production : Bill Mason
The wolf was often vilified in literature and popular...
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In Search of the Bowhead Whale
Excerpt  (1:02) 1974, production : Bill Mason
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Academic scientists are showing an increased openness to the environmental knowledge of Aboriginal peoples. These scientific researchers, visiting the western Arctic in the 1970s, are equipped with sonic technology to detect underwater wildlife. They discover that local Inuit hunters have their own traditional methods of identifying the sounds of marine animals.

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An adventure film of a whaling expedition that included Scott McVay, an authority on whales, and filmmaker Bill Mason. The objective was to find and film the bowhead, a magnificent inhabitant of the cold Arctic seas brought to the edge of extinction by excessive commercial whaling. With helicopter and Inuit guide, aqualungs and underwater cameras, the expedition searches out and meets the bowhead and beluga.