WorldCat Identities

Elder, Sarah

Works: 7 works in 54 publications in 3 languages and 836 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History  Legends  Music  Ethnographic films  Educational films  Short films 
Roles: Director, Author, Restager
Classifications: PN1997, E
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Sarah Elder
On the Spring Ice by Sarah Elder( Visual )

12 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in Yupik languages and English and held by 257 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 )

14 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and Yupik languages and held by 231 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 )

11 editions published between 1974 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gambell, Alaska, is an Eskimo village of 400 people located on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, 200 miles from the mainland and 45 miles from the Siberian Coast. The film was made in April, 1974 during the Island's whaling season. The people of Gambell decided what should be presented in this film, to produce a record of life in the community from the perspective of its own people."--Opening frames
From the First People by Sarah Elder( Visual )

9 editions published between 1976 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce film prend comme point d'étude des changements dans la vie contemporaine à Shungnak, un village sur la rivière Kobuk, dans le nord-ouest de l'Alaska, 75 miles au nord du cercle arctique. La vie à l'intérieur de cette communauté est dominée par les saisons et de la rivière. En octobre, lorsque le film commence, la rivière Kobuk est couverte de glace, qui s'épaissit lentement jusqu'à ce que le gel soit complet. Les activités de subsistance traditionnelles continuent : les femmes pêchent le poisson au filet sous la glace, un homme et son épouse construisent un piège soigneusement placé dans le fleuve de glace ... La combinaison de l'ancienne et de la nouvelle technologie est omniprésente. Certains se déplacent toujours avec leurs attelages de chiens à un traîneau, d'autres voyagent en motoneige
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 0 WorldCat member libraries 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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  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.35 (from 0.31 for Joe Sun ... to 1.00 for The drums ...)