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Alternative Title 1 (Nanouk)
Alternative Title 2 (Nanouk l’esquimese)
Alternative Title 3
Country US/France
Release Date 11 June 1922
Production Co. Robert J. Flaherty, Revillon Frères
Director Robert J. Flaherty

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Archive Source Library & Archives Canada, Ottawa
Print Notes did./titles: ENG

Allakariallak (Nanook), Maggie Nujarlutuk (Nyla), Cunayou (la figlia/the daughter), Philipoosie (Allegoo, il figlio/ the son), Bob Stewart (il commerciante/trading post agent)
Other Credits
scen:Robert J. Flaherty, Frances H. Flaherty. did/titles: Carl Stearns Clancy, Robert J. Flaherty. photog: Robert J. Flaherty, asst. “Harry Lauder”, Bob Stewart. mont/ed: Carl Stearns Clancy, Robert J. Flaherty, Charles Gelb. dist: Pathé Exchange
Other Information
Partitura composta e diretta da/Score composed and conducted by Gabriel Thibaudeau.
Esecuzione dal vivo: quartetto di flauti dell’Orchestra San Marco con le cantanti di gola inuit Lydia Etok e Nina Segalowitz e i solisti Alberto Spadotto e Anna Viola; alle percussioni, Frank Bockius. / Performed live by a quartet of flutes from the Orchestra San Marco, Pordenone, with Inuit throat-singers Lydia Etokf and Nina Segalowitz, and vocal soloists Alberto Spadotto and Anna Viola; with Frank Bockius on percussion.
Program Notes
The music
At 45 degrees below zero, you can barely hear sounds. With this cold, they never go very far. However, for more than ten thousand years, the Inuit have heard the wind shifting the snow, the dogs howling, the icy sled runners crunching, the screaming of thousands of wild geese taking flight when autumn comes, and the rivers streaming in the spring. They listen to the voice of the elders, bearers of wisdom, and to the voice of children, bearers of hope. And silence. Deafening silence.
And then there are the Kabloonak, the white people, with their big sails, their enormous ships... and their cameras.
There’s a game that fascinates the Inuit during the long polar night: Katajak. It’s a vocal game, with the women changing their voices in rhythm, projecting them towards each other until it all bursts into laughter! They tell themselves about their universe. Unsurprisingly, these songs are called “The Dog”, “The River”, and so on.
As if echoing this game, the score for Nanook leaps from one instrument to another, twirling like snow in the sun. Four flutes respond to four singers, two Kabloonak and naturally two Inuit. These two quartets are punctuated by percussion, here meditative, there panting. I tried using a shared breath to celebrate the ultimate joy of being alive – a tribute to the unforgettable energy of Nanook’s smile!
Of course, this concert would have been impossible without the generous collaborative work of Nina Segalowitz, Lydia Etok, and the musicians of the Orchestra San Marco di Pordenone. They all deserve our gratitude.
Nakurmiik! (Thank you, in Inuktitut.) – Gabriel Thibaudeau