The Last Trapper ~ Le Dernier Trappeur ~ ~ “The Art of Living in Harmony With Nature”

I viewed a very compelling trailer for this film some time back. Today I came across the full film on YouTube and decided it was worth sharing here for other interested parties to also discover. Keep in mind that nothing is perfect and enjoy. Your thoughts are kindly requested.

The Last Trapper  ~ Le Dernier Trappeur

Carlos Porto

Published on May 26, 2013

The art of living in harmony with nature.
For over 20 years, Nicolas Vanier, an untiring voyager in the coldest of climes, a veritable Jack London of modern times, has criss-crossed the wildest regions of the far northern lands. His travels include major expeditions in Siberia, Lapland, Alaska and of course Canada, where he recently undertook an incredible White Odyssey: 8600 kilometres covered with a team of sledge dogs, from Alaska all the way to Quebec. It was during that crossing, on the floor of a sumptuous and inaccessible valley in the Rocky Mountains, that Nicolas met the man who inspired him to make this film, a film that has lived within the man…
He’s a 50-year-old trapper named Norman Winter, and he lives with a Nahanni woman, Nebaska. Norman has always been a trapper, with no need of the things that civilisation has to offer. He and his dogs live simply on what they produce from hunting and fishing. Norman made his sledge, snowshoes, cabin and canoe with wood and leather that he took from the forest and that Nebaska tanned, in the traditional style, just like the Sekani did in early times, using the tannin in animal brains, then by smoking the skin. To move around, Norman uses his dogs. They’re quiet, and with them he’s ready for action at the slightest sign of life, but all the while attentive to the majestic grandeur of the territories he passes through. That’s why Norman Winter is a trapper. The Great North is inside him and Nebaska carries it within her, in her blood, for the taiga is the mother of its people…
Norman and Nebaska know that a land only lives through its intimate links with the animals, plants, rivers, winds and even colours. Their wisdom comes from the deep and special relationship they enjoy with nature. When Norman Winter follows an animal’s trail, he studies it for a long time, to understand the animal’s exact perception of its environment. He knows how to free himself from the immobile image that a land evokes, then to “enter” it by comprehending what it is. To understand that is to sense the unmistakable breathing of the earth, it’s to understand why Norman Winter is the last trapper and why he turned his back on modern life, that he compares to a slope we slip down blindly. Norman is a sort of philosopher convinced that the notion of sharing and exchange with nature is essential to the equilibrium of that odd animal at the top of the food chain: Man.
That’s what this film, made over 12 months, will present, overlaying treks on horseback during the Indian summer and by sledge in the depths of winter, a canoe ride down a raging river at the bottom of a majestic canyon and attacks by grizzly bears and wolves…

Note: The closed captions option works when viewing on YouTube.



  1. January 3, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you for this fine review and for the link. I look forward to watching the film!

    • January 3, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Hi George. It’s not much of a review –unless you’re referring to the notes from the tubes of you.
      The film offers a perspective on living differently even now. No golden arches in sight. Sorry. 🙂

  2. jameselmore said,

    January 5, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Reblogged this on Canopy Gallery and commented:
    A fascinating share!

    • January 5, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Hello Jameselemore. Much thanks for the reblog and the appreciation.

      There are more ways to live in haromony than people realize while caught in the flow of the mainstreams. 🙂

      • jameselmore said,

        January 5, 2014 at 7:44 pm

        I had to delete it, for some reason, the video wouldn’t transfer and wordpress wouldn’t allow me to add it in the comment. I tried!

      • January 5, 2014 at 8:11 pm

        Hi. Well you could grab the url from youtube and create your own post for the film. Just hit “watch on YouTube” and you’ll be in the right place for getting the video’s share code. Good luck! 🙂

      • jameselmore said,

        January 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm

        But that’s copying, not sharing. I wanted to share your post =O)

      • January 6, 2014 at 5:01 am

        That’s very kind of you Jameselmore—but it think it’s important to share such a film. I don’t mind at all. Write your own commentary about the film and make it yours.Go for it. 🙂

  3. January 5, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I Have seen this film. Yup. ‘Tis more than worthwhile. Thank you for all the info.

    • January 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      The incredible views alone are worth the viewing time in my opinion, Bear. My pleasure. 🙂

  4. January 5, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Are you frozen in?

    • January 5, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Not quite, Bear. But the temperature is way below freezing now! The wind is playing knife time. How are things in your swamp?

      • January 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm

        The sharp edged ice of Jan 3 is melted now. Today is over 40F warmer. The bird bath is again liquid.

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