Publication Date: Originally filmed in 1975, 54 min.
For years, the Canadian government outlawed the potlatch, crushing a unique culture and seizing its artifacts to be studied and "protected". This internationally acclaimed film is narrated by Gloria Granmer Webster whose father Dan Granmer came into conflict with the Canadian government when he held a potlatch in 1921 and people were arrested. The Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations continue to hold the potlatch today, in the tradition of their ancestors.--Container
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VIDEOS AVAILABLE ON THE WEB
Round Up directed by Narcisse Blood, 2010, 18 min.
This short film traces Pete Standing Alone's personal journey from cultural alienation to pride and belonging. As a spiritual elder, teacher and community leader of the Blood Indians of Southern Alberta, Pete works with youth to repair the cultural and spiritual destruction wrought by residential schools. At age 81, he has come full-circle in his dedication to preserving the traditional ways of his people. [excerpt from NFB website]
This short film examines the situation of Aboriginal people in North America through the figure of Crowfoot, the legendary 19th-century Blackfoot leader of the Plains. A rapid montage of archival photos, etchings and contemporary newspaper clippings is married to the words and music of an impassioned ballad written by Micmac singer and songwriter Willie Dunn. [excerpt from NFB website]
In this package of documentaries from The National, CBC explores the impact of residential schools on former students and the larger community, presenting ideas for what more can be done to address this painful chapter in Canada's history. -- Container.