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Elder, Sarah

Works: 7 works in 49 publications in 3 languages and 802 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History  Legends  Music  Ethnographic films  Educational films  Short films 
Roles: Director, Restager , Author
Classifications: PN1997, 979.8004971
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Sarah Elder
On the Spring Ice by Sarah Elder( Visual )

10 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in Yupik languages and English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walrus as well as whales are hunted by the Eskimos of Gambell on St. Lawrence Island. As the film opens, an old man tells of the dangers of moving ice, how people used to drift on such ice and never return
The drums of winter (Uksuum Cauyai) by Sarah Elder( Visual )

13 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and Yupik languages and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This feature-length documentary explores the traditional dance, music and spiritual world of the Yupik Eskimo people of Emmonak, a remote village at the mouth of the Yukon River on the Bering Sea coast.The Drums of Winter gives an intimate look at a way of life of which most of us have seen only glimpses. Dance was once at the heart of Yupik Eskimo spiritual and social life. It was the bridge between the ancient and the new, the living and the dead and a person's own power and the greater powers of the unseen world. In The Drums of Winter, the people of Emmonak tell us through actualities and interviews how their history, social values and spiritual beliefs are woven around the songs and dances that have been handed down to them through the generations. We also learn that it is not just old songs that are important; new songs and dance movements are created to reflect modern life with all its complexities. Each time a person gets up to dance, he is strengthening the continuity of the ages, and insuring the survival of his culture. The film follows the elders of Emmonak as they prepare for the coming ceremonial gathering (potlatch) with a neighboring village. In the Kashim (qasgiq or men's house), they practice their songs and painstakingly work out the motions of the dances. Each movement has meaning and plays a part in telling a story. In the days before television, radio, bingo and weekly basketball games, dance was the sole means of entertainment
At the Time of Whaling by Documentary Educational Resources (Firm)( Visual )

10 editions published between 1974 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the communal life of the Eskimo people of Gambell, Alaska, a Yup'ik-speaking community on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. Shows their relationship with the ice through a whaling expedition
From the First People by Sarah Elder( Visual )

8 editions published between 1976 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a film about change and contemporary life in Shungnak, a village on the Kobuk River in northwestern Alaska, 75 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Life in this inland community is dominated by the seasons and the river. In October, when the film begins, the Kobuk becomes filled with ice, which slowly thickens until freeze-up is complete. Traditional subsistence activities still continue: women net fish under the ice, and a man and his wife construct a cottonwood mudshark trap that is carefully placed in the river ice. The combination of old and new technology is pervasive. Some people hitch their teams of huskies to a sled, others travel by snowmobile. Old people reflect upon these changes. "In the old days," George Cleveland laughs, "you knew your good dogs would get you home. Today, if your snowmachine breaks down, you have to walk! On the other hand," he says, "most things these days are easier than in the past, when people had to be tough in order to survive. Today, you just plug in the bubbling coffee pot, pull the string for light, and turn the stove's knob when you are cold." Indeed, popcorn is cooking on the stove as children don masks for Halloween trick-or-treating. The film reveals that life along the Kobuk River is still inextricably linked to the harsh and starkly beautiful land, where the December sun rises at 11 a.m. and sets three hours later. An old man shares his feelings about the changes he has seen: "Long ago, forest fires put themselves out. Today, even when men fight them, they burn. I think our earth is getting old, and when things get old and dry they burn. Our earth is the same way," he adds. "It's ready to burn. I think it's coming close to the time when we will have a new one." Filmmaker: Sarah Elder, Leonard Kamerling
Joe Sun by Katrina Kassler Waters( Visual )

4 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in Inupiaq and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Immaluuraq (Joe Sun) speaks of the Inupiaq prophet Maniilaq and of changing times along the Kobuk River
The Reindeer Thief by Katrina Kassler Waters( Visual )

3 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in Yupik languages and English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pelaasi, of Gambell, tells a mythical story of human transformation about a man who tricks a reindeer thief
The drums of winter( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"This documentary explores the traditional dance, music and spiritual world of the Yupik Eskimo people of Emmonak, a remote village at the mouth of the Yukon River on the Bering Sea Coast."
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Audience level: 0.35 (from 0.31 for Joe Sun ... to 0.98 for The drums ...)