Metis filmmaker Christine Welsh tells the story of the resourceful Coast Salish women of Vancouver Island who for decades have supported their families by creating the distinctive Cowichan sweaters. 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
Legends: The Story of Siwash Rock is an adaptation by filmmaker Annie Frazier Henry from a traditional legend about the appearance of the Siwash Rock, a well-known Vancouver landmark. Actor Dakota House portrays a young man, Andrew, whose girlfriend, Kelsey, becomes pregnant. Left without employment and the life-threatening illness of his girlfriend, Andrew prepares for his child's birth in a traditional manner by a cleansing. Taking the traditional cultural values to heart, Andrew cleanses his body and spirit in a traditional ceremony.
Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole is a powerful story of the Haisla and their efforts to repatriate a totem pole from Folkens Museum Ethnografiska, Sweden. Carved by Chief G'psgolox after the loss of his family due to smallpox, the pole was surreptitiously removed from its home. With the blessing of the Canadian government, the pole was taken to Sweden to be preserved in a museum in 1929. The people of the village after returning from a fishing trip learned of the theft. Years of searching located the pole in the Swedish museum in 1991.
Spirit of the Game is a 2003 production from the National Film Board of Canada. Filmmaker Annie Frazier Henry uses the documentary format to follow the training, qualifying, and background of young Native athletes from British Columbia as they prepare for the 2002 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Winnipeg. She follows the training regimes of several male and female athletes who compete in running, archery, canoeing, soccer, and boxing.
A Tribe of One is a remarkable documentary about a British Columbia woman who learned that she was a member of the New Westminster First Nation. Rhonda Larrabee grew up believing she was Chinese and French but learned as an adult that her mother was First Nation. A member of the Qayqayt, Marie Joseph Lee had been sent to Kamloops Residential School as a child. Her reserve was deemed too small and was closed in 1923. Band members had been devastated by smallpox and remaining members were relocated to other First Nations.
Picturing a People: George Johnston, Tlingit Photographer by filmmaker Carol Geddes is a documentary about a unique Tlingit man who documented the history of his community from 1920-1945. Self-taught George Johnston (1884-1972) continually sought to learn about his Tlingit cultural traditions and history from Elders. At the age of 16 he travelled from Teslin in the Yukon to visit Tlingit along the coast of Alaska. He recorded and documented traditional songs and dances. Years later he ordered a catalogue camera and learned how to shoot and develop black and white images.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from GoodMinds Spirit of the Game is a 2003 production from the National Film Board of Canada. Filmmaker Annie Frazier Henry uses the documentary format to follow the training, qualifying, and background of young Native athletes from British Columbia as they prepare for the 2002 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Winnipeg. She follows the training regimes of several male and female athletes who compete in running, archery, canoeing, soccer, and boxing.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from The Washing of Tears is a powerful documentary about the impact of industrialization of Native culture and the triumphant cultural renewal in one British Columbia First Nation. The loss of a cultural shrine, the Whaler's Shrine, from the Mowachaht of Friendly Cove in 1903 symbolized their decline as a people and culture. The artifact became part of the museum collection of the New York Museum of Natural History.