Kotzebue 8

Production Date: 
ca. 1975
Northwest Arctic Television Center
Unnamed woman (her voice sounds a lot like Rachel Craig from "Kotzebue 4")
Run Time: 
KYUK-TV, Bethel, AK

Named locations:  Kotzebue Sound (named and shown); Kotzebue; Ralph Wien Memorial Airport (shown)

Major themes covered: The KYUK TV Productions Collection: scenes of everyday life

Individuals Named:  No one specific, but ancestors are referred to in general

Native language spoken: Inupiat (Eskimo language)à spoken by an Eskimo woman in a parka during the dry camp sequence (around 07:00)
Notes: There is no musical score, but the background noise in this film includes everything from cooking and eating sounds to the sounds of motorbikes and motorboats to "(A Place to) Hideaway," by The Carpenters.

Cross-references to other AIFG films: Kotzebue 1-7.


  • Anderson, Douglas, Robert Henning, et al. The Kotzebue Basin. Anchorage: Alaska Geographic Society, 1981. Print.
  • Berman, Matthew. "Moving or staying for the best part of life: Theory and evidence for the role of subsistence in migration and well-being of Arctic Inupiat residents." Polar Geography, 32:1-2 (2009): 3-16. Print. *This source provides a geographic perspective on Inupiat subsistence, as well as a sense of how subsistence has been preserved and transformed in the 30-40 years since the Kotzebue films were produced.
  • Burch, Ernest S. Social life in northwest Alaska : the structure of Iñupiaq Eskimo nations. Fairbanks: Univ. of Alaska Press, 2006. Print.  *This source discusses the eleven villages and describes the relationship between the different clans and families that represent the different villages.
  • Maniilaq Association. Subsistence in Northwest Alaska: a collection of recentpublications. Kotzebue: The Association, 1984. Print.
  • Schroeder, Robert, David Anderson, et al. Subsistence use area mapping in ten Kotzebue Sound communities. Juneau: Dept. of Fish and Game, Subsistence Division, 1987. Print.
  • Williams, Maria Sháa Tláa, ed. The Alaska native reader: history, culture, politics. Durham: Duke Univ. Press, 2009. Print.
  • http://www.inupiatgov.com/
  • http://www.fishcamp.org/ *This is a link to the site for LaVonne's fish camp. LaVonne Hendricks started the fish camp to cater to Inupiat youth. The project also promotes general education and awareness about Inupiat/Eskimo subsistence practices. The dry camps shown in "Kotzebue 8" reflect the subsistence practice of seal hunting, as well as the practices that follow the hunt, i.e. skinning, preparing, drying, and preserving.
  • http://www.fishcamp.org/
  • http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/pdf/fisheries/reports/02-040final.pdf   *This is a link to a PDF that provides extensive information about the subsistence practice of whitefish fishing. Although the dry camps in thefilm are used for drying seal, this information is useful in determining the interrelationships between different practices of subsistence. There are also illustrative photos that reflect the landscape and practices shown in "Kotzebue 8."
  • http://www.nativeknowledge.org/db/files/tp167.htm    *This website provides a comprehensive overview of Inupiat subsistence practices. This overview not only provides information about Inupiat subsistence practices, but also about the interconnections between Inupiat subsistence practices, Eskimo subsistence practices, and Native Alaskan subsistence practices in general.
  • http://kotzpdweb.tripod.com/kotzhist9.html  *This website houses several photos that depict dry camps, Inupiat people, and the landscape of Kotzebue. These photographs complement the images of Kotzebue that are depicted in "Kotzebue 8."
  • http://www.alaskool.org/native_ed/images/other_sources/paul_ongtooguk/hunters.htm
  • http://vilda.alaska.edu/cdm/search/searchterm/Kotzebue.  *This source provides links to photographs taken in and around Kotzebue.  These photographs also reflect the landscape and subsistence practices  shown and discussed in the film.

--Emily Thomas, 2013