Rabbit’s Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story is a 32-page picture book that explains why rabbits have powder puff tails and how pussy willows came to be. Abenaki storytellers Joseph and James Bruchac cooperate to write this humourous story. They retell this Haudenosaunee legend about Rabbit’s impatience and longing for snow even in the summertime. Rabbit has a long and fluffy tail and he enjoys the tasty leaves on top of willow trees. Rabbit takes his drum and sings a song about the coming of snow. He carries on so much the other animals become annoyed but Rabbit continues.
Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story DVD features Johnny Arlee, Salish Elder, telling a group of children the legend of how fire first came to Earth by the ingenuity of the animals. The story begins and ends in Salish with large subtitles, alternating between footage of the Elder and his audience and a series of watercolor illustrations from the book, Beaver Steals Fire. There is also a short documentary which outlines many of the points included on the DVD-ROM.
Fire on the Land, is an interactive computer DVD with a host of features, including a reading of Beaver Steals Fire in Salish and English, interviews with Elders, a photo gallery, a primer on fire ecology, a database on fire-adapted plant and animal species, historical information about the Salish and Pend d'Oreille Nations, and perspectives from tribal fire managers. It is part on the two-disc set, Native Peoples and Fire in the Northern Rockies, created by the Salish Kootenai Nations. It also contains Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story DVD.
Flight from Darkness is a co-production of Eleventh Hour Pictures and the National Film Board of Canada. This remarkable documentary follows the everyday life of Dene mathematician Percy Paul and his continuing challenge of living with bipolar disorder. Paul grew up in a small Dene community in northern Saskatchewan and started school when he was three. His academic achievements took him to Princeton where he worked on string theory, quantum field theory and black holes. In addition he excelled at sports and won his distance running events at the Indigenous Games.
Documentary about the Native contribution of corn and its importance to various North and Central American Native Peoples. Using techniques such as modern dance, music, interviews and subtitled footage, Six Nations director, Gary Farmer, explores the spiritual, practical and political aspects of growing corn. This NFB Home Use Only DVD from GoodMinds.com is only available for sale in Canada. For USA orders contact [email protected] or phone: 1-800-542-2164
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher. People of the Ice is part of the Arctic Mission series produced by the CBC, National Film Board and documentary filmmaker Jean Lemire's Glacialis Productions. The series explores the impact of global warming on Arctic. In this 52-minute video, viewers are taken to the Far North where they can see the Arctic through the eyes of several generations of Inuit men and women. For thousands of years, the Inuit have lived in harmony with the land of the Far North.
UNAVAILABLE Documentary about the Native contribution of corn and its importance to various North and Central American Native Peoples. Using techniques such as modern dance, music, interviews and subtitled footage, Six Nations director explores the spiritual, practical and political aspects of growing corn.
Eating the Landscape: American Indian Stories of Food, Identity, and Resilience is an illuminating journey through the southwest United States and northern Mexico. Enrique Salmon weaves his historical and cultural knowledge as a renowned Indigenous ethnobotanist with stories American Indian farmers have shared with him to illustrate how traditional Indigenous foodways from the cultivation of crops to the preparation of meals are rooted in a time-honored understanding of environmental stewardship.
Aninâtigo-anîbîshan Kichi-makwang, The Maple Leaves of Kichi Makwa, Les feuilles d'erable de Kichi Makwa is a trilingual, children picture book by Kitigan Zibi Algonquin poet and storyteller Albert Dumont. This 25-page illustrated book features the story about the Maple Leaves and why they turn colour every autumn in Algonquin, English, and French. This story explains how the maple leaves turn into bright reds, oranges, and yellows every fall. The story begins with the green maple leaves complaining how boring their leaves appear.