Greenpeace, Big Miracle & The Inuits

Last Tuesday, me and my class watched a movie called “Big miracle”, which led me to write this blog post and today’s topic, combining Greenpeace, the Inuits and a movie review written from me in person.

Greenpeace is basically a big environmental organization, with over 2.8 million supporters. The organization was founded in Canada in 1971, and the rebels with flower power have more than 40 offices around the world. Greenpeace has since the dawn of their existence been working against non-environmentally friendly events that has touched their green hearts, with some significant success- but also not so fantastic news headlines.

One of their greatest achievements was remade in the movie “Big miracle” that took place in Alaska. The story was about three whales stuck under the ice while the burger-nation was trying to help. The rescue mission was started by a Greenpeace activist that believed drilling after Oil in Alaska was wrong and when she heard about the whales, it was only one option.

After thinking twice about the incident, I didn’t know whether I should laugh or think about all the wasted money. I don’t have any number of the cost, but I feel sure that it was way too much, especially when the baby whale died. Not saying that it was an utterly stupid operation, I think it was a nice gesture, but again, it was just too much for two whales.

The movie itself though was well made, and had a well-built story, but I felt it became to American and boring in the end. I’ll give it 3 out of 5.

Since the movie also was about the indigenous people of Alaska, more specifically the Inuits, I’ll write about them too.

A long time ago, the Inuits lived in skin tents in the summer, and sod or driftwood houses in the winter. They lived in a cold climate, and were therefore forced to adapt into the harsh Arctic weather. This led the Inuits to create fur clothing even more resistant against colder climate than jackets made in industrialized countries with help from todays science.
In the summer, the Inuit wore only one layer of clothing, along with sealskin boots. During winter, Inuit tends to wear two layers of clothing consisting of a suit on the inside with fur facing the skin, and an outer suit with the fur facing the outside. This allows the air between the two layers to create insulation, while the fur on the inside evaporates any perspiration.

The Inuit people live in groups varying from a single family to several hundred members, and have little contact with other cultures except infrequent and sometimes hostile encounters with people living further south in the Arctic.
In spring and fall for example, the Inuits come together in groups to hunt large amount of animals to ensure that no one suffers from hunger. During the rest of the year these communities spread out along the coast and countryside in search of fish and other types of food. Men are traditionally hunters, and women raise the children and take care of the household. Depending upon location and season, food for the Inuit varies from whale to foxes and includes caribou, hares, fish, and seal. During the winter on the coast a bowhead whale can provide meat for an entire Inuit community, while inland, caribou hunted in the fall can mean the same thing. The meat is usually eaten raw or frozen.
Transportation for the Inuit people during the summer consists of walking on foot over land or water by boat. The two boats typically used are known as umiaks and kayaks. Umiaks carry up to ten people, and are made of wood. During the winter months the Inuit travels via sled pulled by dogs.
Even though the Inuit are not religious, they believe in spirits. They uphold that all people, animals, things, and forces of natures have spirits. To keep the spirits happy, the Inuit follows rules and together they believe that if these rules are ignored the spirits will punish them through sickness or misfortune.



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3 Responses to Greenpeace, Big Miracle & The Inuits

  1. I have to agree with you, too much money spent on too few animals. Perhaps better if they killed them and ate them as they planned to do? You should write about the Inuits as well, although I agree Greenpeace is an interesting topic!

  2. toddmiley says:

    Hello! My name is Todd Miley, I am a student at Highland Tech Charter in Anchorage, Alaska.

    You have very good information on the traditional culture of the Inuits or Inupiaq, but what do you know about their modern culture? Did you know that a lot of Inuit people still live in the villages that have existed for years but often live in more modern homes/shelters. They can also be found in urban areas like Anchorage or towns near it, but are often treated poorly. This is due to the segregation issues in the 50s and 60s here in Alaska. In the continental United States racism was focused on African Americans during that time, but in Alaska the Native people were often refused services. And it wasn’t until around the passing of the Alaskan Native Claims Settlement Act that Native Alaskans truly had a voice in the government. And a lot of the racism has been eliminated.

    What kind of human rights/civil rights issues have you had in your cultures past?

    • haakonmasst says:

      thank you for your response:) There’s a group of natives called Sami in Norway, and if you want to learn about some the issues they’ve had in the pas I’d suggest you watching the movie “Kautokeino Rebellion”!

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