Sigwan - Home Use Only DVD

Sunshine RecordsSKU: 153C9105148

Alanis Obomsawin
Grade Levels:
Four, Five, Six, Seven
Abenaki, Woodland
Book Type:
Sunshine Records

Sale price$25.00


Sigwan is a short DVD directed by Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. The story shows a young Native girl named Sigwanis rejected by her classmates who are outdoors listening to a Native storyteller. Sigwanis leaves the group and heads to the woods where she is befriended by bears who explain why she is a valuable person and should return to her family. The bears protect and comfort her over night and the take her back to her family. The bears in this film are portrayed by actors wearing bear masks with long blankets. This parable about acceptance is designed to encourage classroom discussion about prejudice and exclusion. Teachers may want to preview this video prior to viewing by sensitive children. The title means spring in the Abenaki language. The story was filmed at Odanak. English or French subtitle options. This film is available in VHS format. This NFB Home Use Only DVD from is only available for sale in Canada. For USA orders contact or phone: 1-800-542-2164

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