UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from GoodMinds Keepers of the Fire by Metis filmmaker Christine Welsh is a 54-minute documentary about the contemporary role of Native women in Canada. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada this 1994 video profiles Mohawk, Haida, Ojibwe, and Maliseet women who are defending and protecting their peoples' cultural traditions and lands. Whether it is Ellen Gabriel during the Oka crisis or Shirley Bear's artistic creations, these women show determination and spirit as they defend their culture's sovereignty.
UNAVAILABLE Native Legends is a 24-minute video produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The compilation includes The Owl Who Married a Goose, Summer Legend, and The Owl and the Raven. These traditional Inuit and Mi'kmaq legends are adapted into animations and a puppet show to interest young children in storytelling. Summer Legend is the classic story about Glooscap's battle against Winter and how he successfully brought summer to the Mi'kmaq of Eastern Canada. The other two legends are Inuit stories.
UNAVAILABLE Raven's Feather Dance – A Creation Legend is a 9-minute children's animated video from the National Film Board of Canada. Part of the Tell Me A Story Series, this video is a creation story about Raven and Coyote and how they go about repopulating the world after the world is destroyed in a disaster. Raven sets out to find a solution and asks Eagle, Bear, Turtle and Owl how to repopulate the earth. Raven discovers a plan based on Owl's advice. He goes about collecting feathers from all the birds. The feathers are arranged among cedar boughs.
UNAVAILABLE Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Metis Child is a documentary examination of the child welfare system in Canada. At 17, this Metis youth committed suicide after moving 28 times from foster home to group home since he was apprehended at age four. This articulate youth and his chronic abuse at the hands of caregivers and a system that failed him are given voice by this Alanis Obomsawin film. Through Richard Cardinal's diary and interviews with family, friends and teachers the viewer begins to see the trauma this youth faced.
UNAVAILABLE Rocks at Whiskey Trench is noted filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin's latest film about the Mohawk people of Kahnawake and the shocking events of August 28, 1990 when a 75-car convey carrying Mohawk Elders, women and children was attacked by rock-throwing hooligans as they prepared to cross the Mercier bridge in Montreal. The actions of racist French-Canadian men and youths was captured on film and is the cornerstone for this video about the issues of the summer of 1990. A VHS edition is also available.