Feb 20, 2019 | 6:00 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.
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Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) in partnership with the the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the Indigenous Matters Committee of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA), Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Wapikoni Mobile.