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Directed by Lawrence Johnson

Oregon 2014 27 mins. In English

The Inupiaq people are experiencing unprecedented changes and yet continue to cherish their rich way of life in the uppermost part of arctic Alaska. In The People of the Whale, the Inupiaq honor the bowhead whale, which is recognized as an essential part of their cultural heritage and everyday subsistence life.

Short: Ericha’s Huckleberry Project, Ericha Casey (5 mins.)

Genres: Documentary



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.