Indigenous Knowledge

The film excerpts under this theme consider the role of women, ways of thinking about hunting and fishing, forestry management, the technique of building an igloo, the importance of spirituality, and the preservation and transmission of ancestral values.

Excerpts


Bella Bella

Bella Bella 1


Circle of the Sun

Circle of the Sun 1


Eskimo Arts and Crafts

Eskimo Arts and Crafts 1


Our Nationhood

Our Nationhood 6


Tales of Sand and Snow

Tales of Sand and Snow 1

Our Nationhood

2003, Director: Obomsawin, Alanis

excerpt 6      1 min 33 s


 


Description In June 2001 at Listuguj , Québec, Allison Métallic, chief of the Mi’kmaq people, describes how his people use hand-controlled gas machines to do selective-cutting in their forestry management program in comparison to the big forestry companies that clear-cut using huge harvester machines.
Questions 1. Explain the difference between the forestry practices of clear-cutting and selective harvesting. What are the pros and cons for each of these practices?

2. What is the position of the Mi’kmaq people regarding the management of their forestry resources? Why do they oppose the commercial practice of clear-cutting?

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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