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Cohn, Norman

Works: 55 works in 141 publications in 5 languages and 2,028 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Documentary films  Film adaptations  Biographical films  Nonfiction films  Television programs  Folklore  Documentary television programs  Fiction  Observations 
Roles: Film editor, Cinematographer , Producer, Director, Photographer, Contributor, Author
Classifications: PN1997.2, 497
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Norman Cohn
Atanarjuat = The fast runner by Zacharias Kunuk( Visual )

44 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Disc 1 retells an Inuit legend of love, jealousy, murder and revenge of the Igoolik brothers Atanarjuat and Amaqjuaq. Disc 2 includes special features
Atanarjuat : the fast runner : inspired by a traditional Inuit legend of Igloolik by Paul Apak Angilirq( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and Inuktitut and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The journals of Knud Rasmussen( Visual )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"January 1922. With powerful forces of a new century pressing around them, Danish explorer and scientist Knud Rasmussen visits the isolated camp of the great Iglulik shaman, Aua. For Rasmussen and his protege, the young anthropologist Therkel Mathiassen, arriving at Aua's family camp is like falling into Paradise, an arctic Garden of Eden with an intoxicating mix of spiritual and physical vitality, joyful intelligence and exuberant generosity. What the Danes don't realize is that Aua's temporary fortress of beauty and tranquility stands surrounded by the steamroller of the twentieth century - the introduction of Inuit-language Christian bibles, increasing dependance of foreign trade goods and the first police investigation of a murder of a white man - and that nomadic Inuit can't stay in one place even if there's nowhere safe to go."--Container
Before tomorrow = Le jour avant le lendemain( Visual )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two isolated families meet for a summertime celebration. Food is abundant and the future seems bright, but Ningiuq, a wise old woman, sees her world as fragile and moves through it with a pervasive sense of dread. Ningiuq and her grandson Maniq are dropped off on a remote island, where, every year, the family dries the catch and stores it for winter. The task is soon finished. As summer turns to fall, they wait in vain for the others to pick them up
Nunavut = Our land( Visual )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in Inuktitut and English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in 1945 and 1946, this 13-part dramatic television series brings to life the people, setting and continuing story of the traditional nomadic lifestyle lived by Inuit in the Igloolik region of the Canadian Arctic. "Nunavut" dramatizes true stories of today's Elders, who still remember their early days growing up just before government and settlement life began. Following the lives of five fictional families played by contemporary Inuit actors, the series takes us through the different seasons of the Arctic year"--Container
Kiviaq versus Canada( Visual )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentaire. Zacharias Kunuk, le réalisateur primé du film Atanarjuat, la légende de l'homme rapide, se rend à Edmonton pour rencontrer Kiviaq, le premier avocat d'origine inuite, ex-champion boxeur des Golden Gloves, conseiller municipal et premier Inuit à jouer au football professionnel pour les Esquimos de Edmonton. Kiviaq a entrepris une poursuite contre le gouvernement canadien afin de faire reconnaître les droits des Inuits qui, dit-it, n'ont pas de reconnaissance juridique et n'ont pas les mêmes droits que les autres autochtones.--[]
Nunaqpa = Going inland by Zacharias Kunuk( Visual )

3 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in Inuktitut and English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Summer in the 1930s. For Igloolik, it is the time of nunaqpa - hoing inland - the long walk in search of summer-fat caribou, to cache enough meat for the hard winter ahead. Two families leave for the hunt, while the old couple waits by the shore for their return
Atanarjuat, the fast runner = Atanarjuat, la légende de l'homme rapide by Zacharias Kunuk( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evil in the form of an unknown shaman divides a small community of Inuit. Twenty years later, two brothers emerge to challenge the evil order: Amaqjuag, the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner. Atanarjuat wins the hand of the lovely Atuat away from the boastful son of the camp leader, Oki, who vows to get even. Oki ambushes the brothers in their sleep, killing Amaqjuaq, as Atanarjuat miraculously escapes running naked over the spring sea ice
Angakkuiit = shaman stories( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in Inuktitut and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary recounting Inuit memories and experiences of shamanism, and oral histories about the last shamans practicing in the region of Igloolik, Nunavut. Interviewees range from young people to elders and politicians, but they all share a belief that things happen, and that shamanism is still a living religion
Kunuk family reunion( Visual )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In June 2003, Zacharias Kunuk's family gathered at their traditional home site Siuraajuk, about 70 kilometers of hard driving into the arctic wilderness from the tiny town of Igloolik. Here, at the birthplace of his father Enuki and his father's father Sigluk, Zach and his brothers and sisters honor their family history. Seal hunting and story telling; Mary and Jerry's wedding under the midnight sun; and visits to the old sod houses where the family lived sixty years before; revealing the continuing connection between one Inuit family and their land
Nipi = Voice by Claude Péloquin( Visual )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in Inuktitut and English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rapid change from traditional to modern life in Nunavut, like many post-colonial societies, has concentrated power, wealth and information in a few hands. Far-reaching decisions are being made daily by a mostly-unelected political elite with minimal input from under-informed citizens scattered over enormous distances. With no elected legislature in place until April 1999, Inuit organizations and their government advisors made these decisions on trust. 'Soft' media coverage is provided by these same insiders themselves: government agencies like CBC radio/TV and Government of NWT Information Networks, or the Inuit establishment through politically-controlled sources like IBC and TVNC. The absence of independent Inuit media scrutiny means there is little criticism or public debate about these important decisions. Nipi examines fundamental questions of democracy, power and change in Nunavut and indirectly in Canada itself: in education, religion, gender, lifestyle, the distribution of economic development and the make-up and inner structure of the new leadership class
Unikaatuatiit = Story tellers( Visual )

in Inuktitut and English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Volume one, Qaqqiq, Nunaqpa and Saputi, three internationally renowned historical re-enactments of nomadic life in the 1930s. Volume two and three: five contemporary documentaries on subjects from whale and polar bear hunting, modern leadership, elders advice, and a youth group's effort to learn circus skills to reduce youth suicide"--Producer's website
Arviq! = Bowhead!( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For untold centuries Inuit hunted the huge bowhead, or 'right' whale, as a main source of food, heating oil and building materials, As with all animals, Inuit hunters take only what they can use. Starting in the 1700's until the close of the 19th century, commercial whalers from Europe and America wiped out almost the entire world's population of bowhead whales. In the mid-20th century, the Canadian government made the eastern Arctic bowhead hunt illegal, While Inuit were not responsible for the near-extinction of the the bowhead, they are still prohibited from hunting it like everyone else. In 1994 one of Canada's most respected Inuit elders - 95 year old Noah Piugatuk - announced that he wanted to taste the bowhead whale one more time before he died. Honouring the elder's wish, Piugatuk's son-in-law caught an illegal whale near Igloolik in September 1994. Afew months later, the whale hunters were charged and ordered to stand trial. In June 1996, the government finally dropped all charges against the Igloolik hunters. In August 1996, Inuit huntedrs from across the arctic gathered in Repulse Bay to catch the first legal bowhead in more than forty years. Arviq! traces the history of the bowhead in the Arctic up to the first legal hunt in 1996
Artcirq( Visual )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in Inuktitut and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artcirq, a circus project, was created in 1998, with the financial support of the Cirque Éloize and Isuma Productions. During the summer of 1999, the circus company stayed for the first time in Igloolik, and presented a show and delivered the first workshops for everyone. The members of the company also participated in a ten-day hunting camp with a group of 30 Inuk, with the intent to familiarize the Caucasians with camp life. The following summer two live shows are presented and by 2001, four shows and this documentary film is presented to the Igloolik community
Qapirangajuq : Inuit knowledge and climate change( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in Inuktitut and English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Zacharias Kunuk and his team at Isuma Productions along with researcher Ian Mauro, PhD, University of Victoria, have teamed up with Inuit communities to document and communicate Inuit knowledge and experience regarding climate change in Nunavut. This community-based video research and filmmaking project values the important contribution Inuit have regarding climate change impacts and associated adaptation strategies. Their insight - borne from centuries of shared knowledge - reveals a deep intimacy with their environment and both supports and challenges mainstream media reports of climate change. This new documentary, the world's first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the viewer "on the land" with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic. Exploring centuries of Inuit knowledge, allowing the viewer to learn about climate change first-hand from Arctic residents themselves, the film portrays Inuit as experts regarding their land and wildlife and makes it clear that climate change is a human rights issue affecting this ingenious Indigenous culture."--Container
Qaggiq = Gathering place( Visual )

2 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in Inuktitut and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shot over four days in May of 1988 in Igloolik, North West Territories, this production documents aspects of the Inuit way of life around the turn of the century. Improvised by community members, the story revolves around a native man in love with a local woman. When he asks for her hand in marriage, her father refuses, despite protests by the woman's mother. Calling for assistance in the spirit world and his own resources during the annual Qaggik games in the communal igloo, the youth tries to reverse her father's opinion. The production records the gathering together of several nomadic families, the building of a communal igloo, and the celebrations that follow - games, singing and drum dancing
Nanugiurutiga = My first polar bear( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Inuktitut and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales of hunting one of the most feared and respected animals in the Arctic: the polar bear, or nanuq. An Igloolik elder, Abraham Ulayuruluk, recounts stories about hunting polar bears in the old days. A young boy, accompanied by his father and grandfather, captures his first bear
Ajaina! = Almost!( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in Inuktitut and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features Igloolik Elders discussing their views of contemporary Inuit life. Topics include the role of Inuit and "Southern" forms of education, survival strategies (such as how to save a drowning victim), and the differences between camp and settlement life
Water is wet( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Water is Wet is an astonishing film experiment that visually evokes water to connect children to their feelings, awaken their imaginations and spark their creativity. It was the first of four short films directed by documentary pioneer Gordon Weisenborn...Shot all around Chicago and using a mixture of folk songs, classroom activities, and staged vignettes, these films by Gordon Weisenborn capture a spirit of optimism that strives for a world where all children have equal opportunity. To help children see and experience new things in their immediate surrounding, the four films in the series were designed to stimulate imagination, curiosity, and active play"--Container
Avaja( Visual )

2 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in Inuktitut and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Igloolik, Spring 1945. Inuaraq's family finally arrives at Avaja to a warm welcome. Yet, mang changes have taken place. On the hill above the tents, they now find a wooden church and a priest. Sharing the fresh caribou feast, telling stories, Inuit are interrupted by the bell ringing. Inside the church the sermom is clear: Paul 4:22, 'Turn away from your old way of life.'
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Atanarjuat = The fast runner
Alternative Names
Norman Cohn Amerikaans filmregisseur

Norman Cohn Canadian film producer

Norman Cohn kanadensisk filmproducent

Норман Кон

Atanarjuat : the fast runner : inspired by a traditional Inuit legend of Igloolik