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.
César's Bark Canoe/César et son Canot d'écorce
1971, Director: Gosselin, Bernard
excerpt 1 1 min 14 s
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?
The film captures César Newashish, a 67-year-old Atikamek from the Manowan Reserve. He is building a canoe the traditional way, using only materials from nature.