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On a rigorous and passionate quest, Huron-Wendat director René Siouï Labelle retraces the path of his ancestors and surveys their territories, recording images of stunning beauty. He unveils a historical journey known to very few as he reflects upon the identity of the Wendat nation. In the 1600s, when the Wendat met Europeans, they were a prosperous society. They had been living on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River and around the Great Lakes for centuries. Tragically, the arrival of foreigners created massive upheavals that led to the disintegration of the great Wendat Confederation. A spiritual energy emanates from the men and women we encounter in this film, most of them from Wendake, 8 km north-west of Stadacona, which Chief Donnacona described to Jacques Cartier as the great village, or "Kanata." In French with English subtitles.

Director: René Sioui Labelle
Producer: Jacques Ménard
Producer: Jacques Vallée
Sound: Diane Carrière
Sound: Marie-France Delagrave
Voice and Narration: Michel Bonneau
Voice and Narration: Brigitte-Anne Pelletier
Music: Daniel Bouliane
Music: André Mongeon
Sound: Shelley Craig
Sound: Geoffrey Mitchell

Kanata: Legacy of the Children of Aataentsic

1999, Sioui Labelle, René

86 min 44 s


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