Sunday, January 14, 2007

Gasoline Mitten: The Nunavut Story

A Canadian documentarian is currently working on a controversial piece entitled "Gasoline Mitten: The Nunavut Story" in which he explores the effects of substance abuse in Nunavut youths. It has been estimated that 50% of all Nunvut youths are addicted to gasoline or other dangerous chemicals such as Pam and WD-40. The "mitten" is used to absorb the substance at which point it is placed in a plastic bag. The documentary will also explore the pressures of "The Huffing Circle," which has replaced many Pow Wow circles in Inuit culture. The "visions" that are common in substance abuse are being treated as legitimate guidance tools for many people. The controversy arises because the documentary attempts to discredit nay-sayers and treat gasoline circles as a legitimate cultural entity.

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