Apr 22, 2018 | 1:00 pm
How the Fiddle Flows (2002 | 48 min), by Gregory Coyes
It’s high summer in southern Saskatchewan and a rollicking tune fills the night. Four master Metis fiddlers play to the tapping toes of a lively crowd.
How the Fiddle Flows follows Canada’s great rivers west along the fur-trading route of the early Europeans. The newcomers introduced the fiddle to the Aboriginal people they intermarried with along the way. A generation later, their mixed-blood offspring would blend European folk tunes with First Nations rhythms to create a rich and distinct musical tradition.
From the Gaspé Peninsula, north to Hudson Bay and to the Prairies, How the Fiddle Flows reveals how a distinctive Metis identity and culture were shaped over time. Featuring soaring performances by some of Canada’s best known fiddlers and step dancers and narrated by award-winning actress Tantoo Cardinal.
Vistas: Dancers of the Grass (2009 | 2 min), by Melanie Jackson
This short film presents a stunning display of a stop-motion animation as it vividly depicts the majesty of the hoop dance, a tradition symbolizing the unity of all nations.
Christmas at Moose Factory (1971 | 13 min), by Alanis Obomsawin
This short animation by acclaimed Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin creates a charming study of life at Christmas time in Moose Factory, an old settlement mainly composed of Indigenous families on the shore of James Bay. Composed entirely of children’s crayon drawings and narrated by a little girl, the film illustrates incidents big and small with childish candor, conveying to the viewer a strong sense of being there.
APTN + NFB present in collaboration with Sioux Lookout Public Library and Nishnawbe Gamik Friendhsip Center. Alanis Obomsawin will be present.