Oct 13, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture (2005 | 1 h 32 min), by Paul M. Rickard
Everyone is familiar with certain types of Aboriginal architecture. Traditional igloos and tepees are two of the most enduring symbols of North America itself. But how much do we really know about the types of structures Native Peoples designed, engineered and built? For more than three hundred years, Native communities in North America have had virtually no indigenous architecture. Communities have made do with low-cost government housing and community projects designed by strangers in far away places.
Thankfully, across the continent, political, financial and cultural changes have created a renaissance of Native design. Modern Aboriginal architects are turning to ancient forms, adapting them in response to changes in the natural and social environment, and creating contemporary structures that hearken to the past. Employing old and new materials and techniques, and with an emphasis on harmony and balance, Native designers are successfully melding current community needs with tradition. The resulting buildings are testaments to the enduring strength and ingenuity of Aboriginal design.
Featuring expert commentary and stunning imagery, Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture provides a virtual tour of seven Aboriginal communities–Pueblo, Mohawk, Inuit, Crow, Navajo, Coast Salish and Haida–revealing how each is actively reinterpreting and adapting traditional forms for contemporary purposes.
The Sacred Sundance: The Transfer of a Ceremony (2008 | 1 h 9 min), by Brian J. Francis
This documentary chronicles the sharing of a ceremony from an Elsipogtog elder from Western Canada to the Mi’kmaq people of Eastern Canada. Under the July sky, participants in the Sundance ceremony go four days without food or water. Then they will pierce the flesh of their chests in an offering to the Creator. This event marks a transmission of culture and a link to the warrior traditions of the past.
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