History and Origins

The film excerpts in this theme look at the creation myth of the Wendat, the life of the Mi’kmaq before European settlement, the origin of the word “Canada,” and the question of territory under the English and French regimes.

Excerpts


Our Nationhood

Our Nationhood 1

Our Nationhood 2

Our Nationhood

2003, Director: Obomsawin, Alanis

excerpt 1      2 min 58 s


 


Description The ancestral lands of the Mi’kmaq once extended from the Gaspé to Acadia and included the Listuguj hunting ground. The traditional daily activities of the Mi’kmaq reflected how the life cycle of the fishing family was regulated by the seasons. Please consult historian George Sioui’s text for more details of the daily traditions.
Questions 1. What activities did the Mi'kmaq traditionally associate with each season? Why was following the seasons a natural way of organizing their activities?

2. Describe the activities of the Mi'kmaq during their social summer gatherings. Why was summer chosen for these types of activities?

About This Film

Synopsis

In Our Nationhood, Aboriginal filmmaker and artist Alanis Obomsawin chronicles the determination and tenacity of the Listuguj Mi'gmaq people to use and manage the natural resources of their traditional lands. Our Nationhood provides a contemporary perspective on the Mi'gmaq people's ongoing struggle and ultimate success, culminating in the community receiving an award for Best Managed River from the same government that had denied their traditional rights.

Director: Alanis Obomsawin
Editing: Alison Burns
Music: Francis Grandmont
Writing: Alanis Obomsawin
Photography: Philippe Amiguet
Photography: Michel La Veaux
Photography: Yoan Cart
Photography: Alanis Obomsawin
Sound: Raymond Marcoux
Sound: Ismaël Cordeiro
Sound: Glenn Hodgins
Consultant: Meilan Lam
Sound: André Chaput
Sound: Geoffrey Mitchell
Voice and Narration: Jean-René Ouellet
Voice and Narration: Alanis Obomsawin
Art and Design: Jean Dallaire
Consultant: Alanis Obomsawin
Photography: Pierre Landry
Sound: Serge Boivin
Sound: Geoffrey Mitchell
Producer: Alanis Obomsawin


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