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The Guga Hunters of Ness

  • 2010
  • Scotland
  • 59 min

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Ness on the Isle of Lewis is the last place in the UK where young gannets, known in Gaelic as Guga, are hunted for their meat. Every August ten men from Ness set sail for Sula Sgeir, a desolate island far out in the Atlantic. For two exhausting weeks, the men work ceaselessly, catching, killing and processing 2,000 birds using traditional methods before returning home with this rare meat so cherished by the people of Ness.

For fifty years the hunters kept their activities out of the public eye, refusing countless approaches from filmmakers. Mike Day managed to win their trust and has produced a unique and fascinating glimpse into this long-hidden tradition.

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