Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre, Rec Hall, 8 Gagnier Street Hay River, Northwest Territories  
Aug 10, 2018 | 3:00 am

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.

Wapos Bay: The Elements (2006 | 24 min), by Melanie Jackson

In episode 6 from the Wapos Bay series, the survival skills of Talon, T-Bear, Raven and Mushom are tested by an unexpected storm. The children are helping grandfather Mushom set up a cultural camp so young people can learn traditional ways. Bad weather hits and the radio, generator and ATV break down. Mushom leaves the camp for help but has an accident along the way. Left alone, the children have several mishaps – including accidentally blowing up their ATV – and abandon camp. The family makes it home safely, but their journey to Elders Island teaches the children that taking shortcuts at any age is best avoided. T-Bear learns that his knowledge of electronics can come in handy in any situation.

Mohawk Girls (2005 | 1 h 2 min), by Tracy Deer

Shot over two years, Mohawk Girls provides a surprising inside look at modern Indigenous youth culture. Deeply emotional yet unsentimental, it reveals the hope, despair, heartache and promise of growing up Indigenous at the beginning of the 21st century.


APTN + NFB present in collaboration with Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre.
Screening followed by Q&A with Melanie Jackson.

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