DER Documentary

The Reindeer Thief

From the Alaskan Eskimo series
by Katrina Waters
Executive producers and creative consultants Sarah Elder and Leonard Kamerling
color, 13 min, 1988




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Like many St. Lawrence Island legends, this story is set in Siberia where Chukchi, the Reindeer People, live. Pelaasi, an elder from Gambell, speaks Siberian Yupik. His mythical story, about a man who goes out in search of a reindeer thief is an ungipaghaq, a tale that has been passed down unchanged through generations and believed to be based in truth.


other films from the Alaskan Eskimo series:
At the Time of Whaling
The Drums of Winter
From the First People
In Iirgus Time
Joe Sun
On the Spring Ice
Tununeremiut

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