UNAVAILABLE Documentary film explores first-hand accounts of how and why Mi'kmaw activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash was murdered during the times of AIM's battle with the FBI at Wounded Knee. Moving interviews with female friends and colleagues, including Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Anna Mae's daughters and first husband who still live in Mi'kmaq communities on the East Coast.
UNAVAILABLE Urban Elder introduces Vern Harper in this documentary about the life of a spiritual elder in Toronto. The video follows Harper's fast-paced lifestyle in the largest urban centre where he leads a sweat lodge, observes his daughter's ballet class, conducts a healing ceremony, participates in a political rally, and counsels prisoners at Warkworth Federal Prison. The cast also includes Dan Smoke, Rodney Bobiwash, Sylvia Maracle, and Laura Spencer. This 19997 video is directed by Robert S. Adams.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from A Tribe of One is a remarkable documentary about a British Columbia who learned that she was a member of the New Westminster First Nation. Rhonda Larrabee grew up believing she was Chinese and French but learned as an adult that her mother was First Nation. A member of the Qayqayt, Marie Joseph Lee had been sent to Kamloops Residential School as a child. Her reserve was deemed too small and was closed in 1923. Band members had been devastated by smallpox and remaining members were relocated to other First Nations.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the producer Chiefs: The Worlds of Joseph Brant is a docudrama developed by the National Film Board. This episode in the Chiefs video series examines the controversial role of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant. Directed by Gil Cardinal and narrated by Gary Farmer this video details the life of Thayendanegea, Mohawk leader during the turbulent times of the American Revolution.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the producer The Trial of Poundmaker is one of the documentary films in the National Film Board series, Chiefs. This series examines the lives of five First Nations leaders from Canadian history. Poundmaker (1842-1886) was a Cree leader accused by the Canadian government with participating in the Riel Rebellion of 1885. Filmmaker Gil Cardinal explores this leader's life and his subsequent trial in a Regina courtroom in 1886. Direct descendents Gordon and Jim Tootoosis are actors in this historical documentary narrated by Tom Jackson.