Cinema and Representation

This theme focuses on the ways in which Aboriginal peoples have been represented in NFB documentaries. Film excerpts illustrate how the representation of Aboriginal peoples has evolved over the last fifty years.

Excerpts


Caribou Hunters

Caribou Hunters 1


César's Bark Canoe/César et son Canot d'écorce

César's Bark Canoe/César et son Canot d'écorce 1


Circle of the Sun

Circle of the Sun 2


The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson's Bay Company

The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson's Bay Company 2


Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole

Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole 1

César's Bark Canoe/César et son Canot d'écorce

1971, Director: Gosselin, Bernard

excerpt 1      1 min 14 s


 


Description In 1971, this film without narration captured the skilled craftsmanship of César Newashish, an Atikamek of the Manowan Reserve north of Montreal. He is absorbed in carving pictographs on his hand-made canoe. The camera focuses on the artist at work.
Questions

1. The transmission of knowledge and skills from one generation to the next is vital to the preservation of a people’s culture; what knowledge and skills are being preserved through the making of this film?

2. What images and motifs are used in the decoration of the canoe? What is the significance of these images and motifs?


About This Film

Synopsis

Building a canoe solely from the materials that the forest provides may become a lost art, even among the Indians whose traditional craft it is. In this film, César Newashish, a sixty-seven-year-old Attikamek Indian of the Manowan Reserve north of Montreal, builds a canoe in the old way, using only birch bark, cedar splints, spruce roots and gum. With a sure hand he works methodically to fashion a craft unsurpassed in function or beauty of design. The film is without commentary but text frames appear on the screen in Cree, French and English. Film without words.

Director: Bernard Gosselin
Photography: Bernard Gosselin
Producer: Paul Larose
Sound: Serge Beauchemin
Editing: Monique Fortier
Music: Maurice Blackburn
Sound: Roger Lamoureux


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