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The Great Arctic Hunter Game
The Sila website is a creation of Igloolik Isuma Productions, Inc., the film company who brought us the award winning Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner and the yet-to-be commercially released Journals of Knud Rasmussen. Sila is self-described as "… an innovative-learning website that connects people directly to the stunning Arctic environment and a rich Inuit cultural universe." Here you will find links to both films and The Great Arctic Hunter game, where you will can learn some of the skills and strategies* necessary for a successful hunt and to then use all parts of the animals you’ve harvested. But wait, there’s more! You will also get to enjoy aiyaya singing and there is a must-see video clip of an actual polar bear hunt using dogs! Here is how to navigate to that video.
Go to the Sila website.
Under "News", select "Play" for The Great Arctic Hunter game.
Select "Let’s Hunt".
After you’ve paused to enjoy aiyaya singing, select "Play".
Click on the little image of the movie camera that you will see appear once you’ve placed your cursor over the polar bear.
After you've finished playing the video clip a half dozen
Great Arctic Hunter game.
* I did email Isuma offering comment on how I thought that the two dogs pictured as one of the choices for hunting strategies unfortunately looked far more like Siberian Huskies than Inuit Sled Dogs.