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Publish Date: January 2008
Five Months on Foot with an Arctic Herd
BY Karsten Heuer
It was a honeymoon like no other when Karsten Heuer and his new bride, Leanne Allison, on skis and foot joined 123,000 caribou for a five-month journey through the Arctic. The caribou were headed from their Yukon winter range to their Alaskan calving grounds—a patch of land where the oil industry wants to drill. This thousand-miles-long test of human endurance opened a gateway to a level of consciousness and possibility forgotten by the modern world.
While tagging along with the herd, Allison, a documentary film-maker, captured unprecedented footage of the migrating caribou. A documentary was subsequently released by the National Film Board of Canada, and you can watch it in its entirety below.
“Being Caribou is one of the best, most evocative, and hard hitting accounts of man’s inhumanity toward life, and of the need for reconciliation between man and the rest of animate creation, I have ever encountered.”