Approximately 80 km north of the Arctic Circle, Old Crow is a Yukon village of about 240 indigenous people known as the Vuntut Gwitchin. Situated on the banks of the Porcupine River, Old Crow is accessible only by aircraft or canoe. In 2014, for the first time in 10 years, a 260 kilometre winter road was built, running north from the Dempster Highway. For three weeks, semi-trucks filled with building supplies and household goods made eighteen to 20 trips.
"Vuntut Gwitchin" means "People of the Lakes." This name derives from the annual muskrat trapping season from April to June, where families move approximately 27 miles north into Crow Flats (an area with many small and large lakes). The Vuntut Gwitchin livelihood is based in trapping, hunting, and fishing. To this day, the Porcupine Caribou provides the main source of meat as well as hide for boots, moccasins, mitts, traditional outfits, and other decorative things. Everything of the caribou is used by the Vuntut Gwitchin people and 150,000 to 180,000 caribou migrate through the traditional lands to cross the Porcupine River twice a year.
The language of the Vuntut Gwitchin is "Gwich'in." The Gwich'in Nation expands across the north in Alaska in the USA and the Northwest Territories in Canada. Language and cultural practice preservation is important to those living in Old Crow.
Reasons to brag
Jessica Smith (Nukon) creator of Direct Wind won the MITY Youth Award
Old Crow Films
An animated adaptation of the Gwich'in traditional story that highlights the importance of the caribou.
A personal documentary celebrating living on the land and respecting and appreciating the caribou, a big part of the Gwich'in lifestyle.
A multi-media short film that shares a little bit of insider information on what it is like to live in Old Crow Yukon.
An animated film about being out on the land and hunting caribou.
An interview with Alfred Charlie where he focuses on the integral Gwich'in relationship with the caribou.
An animated film about how two Gwich'in brothers think about caribou.
Three rolls of super 8 shot by a brother sister team around their village of Old Crow, Yukon.
One roll of super 8 was shared by 5 students in the grade 7,8, 9 class of Chief Zzeh Gittlit School in Old Crow.
A conceptual project that represents a 24 hour period in 24 minutes of film during the busy month of September in this remote Yukon village. Each hour is thus represented in one minute.
A traditional Gwich'in legend told using animated paper puppets.
A mini-doc about Ellie, a young Gwich'in cultural leader.
A lyrical, classically animated depiction of love.
An animated traditional Gwich'in legend.
The well loved traditional Gwich'in legend comes to life in an animated form.
A celebration of caribou and an explanation of their importance for the Vuntut Gwitchin people.
A youth speaks about her experience with and the culture behind traditional beadwork.
'Trapping Muskrat' gives guidance on how to trap dzan (muskrats), skin and stretch the furs, and all the items you can make with the furs.
A animated account of a boy living a traditional life.
A video recipe to show how to make pemmican.
A boy who is bored decides to go sliding. What could possibly go wrong?
Three best friends hanging out together in Old Crow, Yukon. A day of laughing, chatting and having fun!
Gwitchin Fights is a story about hunters going out on the land to go get caribou for their people. When they return home something happens....
This is an informative video on how and what to recycle that will also encourage people to recycle and help the Earth.
My favorite things in Old Crow, Yukon is to drive around on ski-doo, hunt and play video games. Hope you enjoy my favorite activities.
A fun trip to Crow Flat by skidoo.
An homage to the filmmaker's husband and his dedication to the traditional Gwich'in way of life.
Father and son practice the Gwich'in language together.
Memories and techniques of traditional Gwich'in trapping methods.
The traditional way to trap caribou...Gwich'in style.
An animation teaching numbers in the Blackfoot language.