February 26, 2012
Dances With Caribou
family tells their story Feb 26 at UFV
Released by Ashley Wray, UFV
Journeys explores the art of storytelling and adventure. From migrating with
a herd of caribou, to trekking across the country with their two-year-old
son , a Canadian couple will be sharing their stories of adventure with an
audience at the University of the Fraser Valley next week.
Park ranger and writer Karsten Heuer and filmmaker Leanne Allison will be
speaking about their unique experiences at UFV's President's Lecture Series
on Wednesday, Feb 29 at 4 p.m. in room B101 (main lecture theatre) at UFV
Entitled Necessary Journeys, the lecture will explore the art of
storytelling and adventure.
Over the past 15 years, Heuer and Allison have walked, paddled, skied and
sailed more than 10,000 kilometers in an attempt to better understand North
American wildlife. In 1998 and 1999, they walked from Yellowstone to the
Yukon, a project they titled Y2Y. In 2003, they skied and trekked for five
months amidst a herd of 123,000 caribou. They called their subsequent book
and documentary Being Caribou. And in 2007, they canoed and sailed with
their two-year-old son across the country to visit one of their ageing
heroes, Canadian author Farley Mowat. The documentary is called Finding
Most recently, Allison created Bear 71, an interactive project that provides
a first-hand view of life as a bear in Banff National Park. The film
recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
"We've really embraced the idea of creating change through the power of
stories," said Allison. "Maybe it wasn't something that we intentionally set
out to do, but the process of these long journeys, and the process of
crafting stories after - that's what we're hoping to share."
During the lecture, they will also be talking about the process of
filmmaking versus writing. The couple, who reside in Canmore, Alberta, will
be incorporating clips from their films and readings from their books.
Many of their works, in which they have partnered with the National Film
Board, have garnered awards and international recognition.
Their book, Being Caribou, was recognized by the Globe and Mail as one of
the Top 100 Books of 2006, won the Grand Prize at the Banff International
Mountain Book Festival, and won the 2006 National Outdoor Book Award in the
United States. The documentary won 11 national and international awards
including a Gemini Award in 2006.
"We have both come to realize the importance of stories and compelling
storytelling," said Allison. "For us, the message to get across in all of
our projects was using the power of storytelling to highlight nature
conservation. It's one thing to have an experience, but it's another thing
to translate it into something meaningful to others."
For more information on Heuer and Allison, visit their website at
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