People of a Feather

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Environmental Film Profiles (videos)

Heath, Joel. People of a Feather. New York: First Run Features, 2011. HD, 102 min.

Featuring stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of the Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Canada’s Hudson Bay. Connecting past, present and future is a unique relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. Traditional life is juxtaposed with modern challenges as both Inuit and eiders confront changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering New York and eastern North America. Inspired by Inuit ingenuity and the technology of a simple feather, the film is a call to action to implement energy solutions that work with nature. (Source: Official Film Website)

© 2011 Journeyman Pictures.Trailer used with permission.

This film is available at the Rachel Carson Center Library (RCC, 4th floor, Leopoldstrasse 11a, 80802 Munich) for on-site viewing only. For more information, please contact

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Further readings: 
  • Kheraj, Sean. "Episode 12: Industrialization in Subarctic Environments." Nature's Past Podcast, 19 January 2010. MP3, 24:30.
  • Loo, Tina. States of Nature: Conserving Canada's Wildlife in the Twentieth Century. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011.
  • McCorristine, Shane. “The Supernatural Arctic: An Exploration.” Nordic Journal of English Studies 9, no. 1 (2010): 47–70.
  • Piper, Liza. The Industrial Transformation of Subarctic Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2009.