Niobe Thompson

Canadian anthropologist and documentary filmmaker.

The son of an artist and wooden canoe builder, Niobe grew up in a remote Cree community in northern Canada and followed his dream to become a forest fire fighter. He spent his winters studying Russian and Anthropology at McGill and Cambridge, and lived from time to time in the Russian Arctic with his Danish wife. After publishing a book on Russian oligarchs, he returned to Canada start a family, spend more time in canoes, and make science and nature documentaries.