"We don't use dogs anymore to pull the sled. We still use them for their fur for our parkas. In the past when a village was starving we would have to eat the dogs. Now, we have the skidoo to take us great distances for hunting. But if you become lost, or run out of gas, or there are no animals to kill, you cannot eat your skidoo. It seems that we have lost more than we have gained." - Inuk Elder
Eating My Skidoo is a series of six half hour programs focused on world exploration and human discovery. The series -- highly visual and beautifully shot in distant locations -- features the search of a young man for his ancestral past.
John Toolooktoook is a young man of Inuit heritage who has never hunted a seal or narwhale,; never driven a dog team or a snowmobile; never travelled to the Arctic.
Born in the north but spending almost all of his life in the south, his way of life is far removed from the hard nomadic existence of his great grandfather.
Although he's fully integrated into white man's society, he is uncertain about his identify. This uncertainty sets in motion his quest for his ancestral past which takes him on an epic journey of self-discovery that will change his life forever.
This search takes him to the world's circumpolar lands -- Canada (Nunavut), Greenland (Kalaallit Nunnaat), Alaska, and Siberia (Chukotka) -- where he finds the remnants of an ancient way of life.
His journey and what he discovers about a vanishing way of life and its impact on his own life is the subject of the documentary.
Eating My Skidoo is an adventure in history, culture, and human geography, profiling in the National Geographic tradition, images of people and places rarely seen on television.