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How to Build an Igloo

Film by Douglas Wikinson
Produced by Michael Spencer
Cinematographer: Chester C. Kissick
Sound:
Editing: Neil Harris
Copyright: 1949, National Film Board of Canada
10 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1949
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This classic short film shows how to make an igloo using only snow and a knife. Two Inuit men in Canada’s Far North choose the site, cut and place snow blocks and create an entrance--a shelter completed in one-and-a-half hours. The commentary explains that the interior warmth and the wind outside cement the snow blocks firmly together. As the short winter day darkens, the two builders move their caribou sleeping robes and extra skins indoors, confident of spending a snug night in the midst of the Arctic cold!

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