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In the summer of 2012 I went to Alaska to video walruses. I wanted to learn more about these magnificent creatures and the threats they are facing from climate change and industrial expansion in the Arctic.

 

I spent a few days on a tiny island off the Alaskan coast, where I gathered footage of the animals. I then moved on to Anchorage where I conducted interviews with walrus experts - including some Native Americans who told me about their traditional way of life, which still makes use of walruses as a natural resource.

 

It is more important now than ever to take a close look at Arctic ecosystems - and animals like the walrus - because this gives us an advanced understanding of what is happening to our planet. Through the making of this film, I hope to add to the conversation that is already taking place - and to impress on people something of the majesty of this fragile wilderness.

The documentary is available to view here:

 

 

 

The accompanying book is available here:

Guy Merculief appears prominently in the documentary and the book. He was one of the Native Americans who I met in Seagull Park, Downtown Anchorage. As well as playing his guitar, he talked to me at length about his ancestry and traditions, as well as his thoughts on present-day industrialisation, and the damage being done to precious natural ecosystems.

Very sadly, Guy was struck by a vehicle and killed in Anchorage in late 2014, before he had a chance to see the documentary. I have been in touch with his family since, and I am glad that the videos I made of Guy have been a comfort to them.

Guy was a kind, wise and generous man, and the videos I have made, and the book, are dedicated to his memory.

Please take a look at these videos of Guy playing his guitar in Seagull Park in the summer of 2012.

Some happy memories.

Guy plays "Imagine"

"Seasons In The Sun"

"I Love A Rainy Night" and "Angie"

 

"My Bucket's Got a Hole in it"

"Folsome Prison Blues"