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Re: [nunavutcircumpolar] PHOTOGRAPHY Hunters Of The Far North: Eskimo & Aleut by Kiyoshi Yagi

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  • athavale
    Thanks George, the photography is brilliant and the stories through the others is also fascinating. Ashok ... From: George Lessard
    Message 1 of 2 , May 23, 2010
      Thanks George, the photography is brilliant and the stories through the
      others is also fascinating.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "George Lessard" <mediamentor@...>
      Sent: Sunday, May 23, 2010 8:43 PM
      Subject: [nunavutcircumpolar] PHOTOGRAPHY Hunters Of The Far North: Eskimo &
      Aleut by Kiyoshi Yagi

      *Hunters Of The Far North: #Eskimo & #Aleut by Kiyoshi Yagi *
      #Siberia #Alaska #Canada #Greenland

      [excerpt, see photos at the above URL]

      He works in a manner that has completely disappeared in my part of the
      world, photographing on 8 by 10 inch sheet film - the size of a magazine
      page - and printing them on hand coated paper.

      *Eskimo and Aleut, by Kiyoshi Yagi*

      The Eskimo and the Aleut, the hunters of the far north, reside across four
      countries from the Chukotka Peninsula in Siberia (Russia), through Alaska
      (U.S.A.) and Canada, to Greenland (Denmark). They live mainly along the
      coast and partly in inland mountain country of Arctic Alaska and Canada. The
      Aleut live in Komandorskie Ostrova in Siberia and the Aleutian Islands in
      the southwest of Alaska.

      Existing beyond the most distant horizons of most of earth's inhabitants,
      the cultures of these native peoples are under unprecedented pressure from
      the outside world. They have experienced dramatic social changes within the
      last half century and also significant decline in the number of people who
      can speak their first languages.

      The prohibition of speaking any native languages started at school from the
      beginning through to the middle of the 20th century in most areas of the
      north of America to assimilate the Native people. Consequently, the English
      language has become the major language for young people, and today many of
      them have difficulties in communicating with their elders who are, on the
      other hand, unable to understand English. If this pattern continues, it is
      only a matter of time until their native languages and cultural values
      completely disappear. Without their native languages the youth are in danger
      of losing a significant part of their cultural identity.

      I have started traveling to Native villages with my 8×10 large format camera
      to photograph northern hunters in the family portrait style since 1994. I
      always include more than three or more generations to capture diverse values
      and historical backgrounds in one frame. The vast northern landscape and
      still life such as hunting equipment are also vital part in my project to
      show how people are dependent upon the harsh northern environment that
      surrounds them. The 8×10 inch negatives are printed on hand coated
      platinum-palladium papers that have rich tonal range and superb storage
      stability. It is my ultimate goal to complete my project by uniting Eskimo
      and Aleut people irrespective of national boundaries.

      [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


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