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Being Caribou is a 2005 documentary film that chronicles the travels of husband and wife Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison following the migration of the Porcupine caribou Herd, in order to explore the Arctic Refuge drilling controversy. The journey lasted 5 months, starting from the community of Old Crow, Yukon on April 8, 2003 and ending September 8, 2003. The film is produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

Being Caribou
Directed byLeanne Allison
Diana Wilson
Produced byTracey Friesen
Written byLeanne Allison
Diana Wilson
StarringLeanne Allison
Karsten Heuer
Music byDennis Burke
Edited byJanice Brown
Distributed byNational Film Board of Canada
Release date
  • June 2, 2005 (2005-06-02)
Running time
72 minutes

Karsten Heuer documented this trek with Leanne Allison, which was also their honeymoon, in his book "Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with an Arctic Herd". The book was published in 2005.



Allison, an environmentalist, and Heuer, a wildlife biologist, follow a herd of 120,000 caribou on foot, across 1,500 kilometres (900 Miles) of Arctic tundra, in order to raise awareness of threats to the caribou's survival.[1] At stake is the herd's delicate habitat, which is threatened by proposed petroleum and natural gas development in the herd's calving grounds in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Winner of approximately 20 awards and honours, including a Gemini Award and most popular Canadian film at the Vancouver International Film Festival.[2]

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  1. ^ Hattam, Jennifer. "Being Caribou". A Real Refuge. Sierra Club. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
  2. ^ "Awards". Being Caribou NFB Web page. National Film Board of Canada. Archived from the original on 1 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-11.

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