Thunder Bay Library - Waverley Resource Library, 285 Red River Road Thunder Bay, Ontario  
Jan 23, 2018 | 1:00 pm

Spirit Doctors (2005 | 40 min), by Marie Burke

Lyrical and honest, filmmaker Marie Burke journeys inward into the spiritual world of traditional Native medicine, the world of Mary and Ed Louie. With a lifetime of experience in the ways of Native spirituality, Mary and Ed are steadfastly committed to the practices that keep them accountable to the spirit world, their people and Mother Earth.

In a twist of fate, sound recordist Don Howell is unexpectedly diagnosed with throat cancer during the filming process. He chooses to be treated with modern medicine, and for the first time ever, seeks Mary and Ed for spiritual guidance and healing. Though many healing practices and ceremonies are considered too sacred to be filmed, Mary and Ed decide to allow Don’s doctoring to be recorded for the purposes of teaching others.

From the lush Smilkameen Valley of the interior to the cityscapes of Vancouver, British Columbia, Burke reveals a beautiful way of life rarely seen and explores the ongoing debate around the ethics of documenting such sacred ceremonial knowledge.

Smudge (2015 | 12 min), by Gail Maurice

This short documentary follows three Indigenous women as they practice ancestral forms of worship: drumming, singing and using sweetgrass. These ancient spiritual traditions may at first seem at odds with urban life, but to Indigenous people in Canada who are used to praying in natural settings, the whole world is sacred space.

1pm: Spirit Doctors, 2pm: Smudge.
In collaboration with CCUNESCO.

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