Museum

Reindeer Thief

directed by Katrina Waters, color, 19 min, 1988

executive producers/creative consultants Sarah Elder and Leonard Kamerling


Like many St. Lawrence Island legends, this story is set in Siberia where Chukchi, the Reindeer People, live. Pelaasi, an elder from Gambell, speaks Siberian Yupik. His mythical story, about a man who goes out in search of a reindeer thief is an ungipaghaq, a tale that has been passed down unchanged through generations and believed to be based in truth.

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