Picturing a People: George Johnston, Tlingit Photographer by filmmaker Carol Geddes is a documentary about a unique Tlingit man who documented the history of his community from 1920-1945. Self-taught George Johnston (1884-1972) continually sought to learn about his Tlingit cultural traditions and history from Elders. At the age of 16 he travelled from Teslin in the Yukon to visit Tlingit along the coast of Alaska. He recorded and documented traditional songs and dances. Years later he ordered a catalogue camera and learned how to shoot and develop black and white images.
Personal quest of director Rene Sioui Labelle who looks to reaffirm his Wendat (Huron) cultural and history roots in the Great Lakes region. Meets and talks with Wendat people of Wendake, Quebec. This NFB Home Use Only DVD from GoodMinds.com is only available for sale in Canada. For USA orders contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 1-800-542-2164
Circles explores the criminal justice system of the Yukon that offers sentencing circles as an alternative to the standard criminal justice format. The documentary presents the alternative system through the voices of a judge, criminals, victims, and members of the families of offender and victim. Instead of an offender appearing before a judge or jury with legal counsel, the offender and victim meet in a sentencing circle. Together with families, peers, elders and community members, the circle seeks to allow the balance of harmony to return to the community.
UNAVAILABLE Encounter with Saul Alinsky, Part 2: Rama Indian Reserve is a 1967 National Film Board video. In this video, American community organizer Saul Alinsky challenges several young Native men to organize their reserve communities in their effort to change the Indian Act. The spokesman for the young men is Duke Redbird. He argues with Alinsky and states that Indians do not want to enter the corrupting world of politics. Alinsky further provokes the young men by telling them that they must attack their enemy in the real world.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from GoodMinds Spirit of the Game is a 2003 production from the National Film Board of Canada. Filmmaker Annie Frazier Henry uses the documentary format to follow the training, qualifying, and background of young Native athletes from British Columbia as they prepare for the 2002 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Winnipeg. She follows the training regimes of several male and female athletes who compete in running, archery, canoeing, soccer, and boxing.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from The Washing of Tears is a powerful documentary about the impact of industrialization of Native culture and the triumphant cultural renewal in one British Columbia First Nation. The loss of a cultural shrine, the Whaler's Shrine, from the Mowachaht of Friendly Cove in 1903 symbolized their decline as a people and culture. The artifact became part of the museum collection of the New York Museum of Natural History.