Wabanaki cultural resurgence

This collection of short documentaries show how Wabanaki traditional art practices are being practiced today.

Making of Birch Bark Canoes, a conversation on Wabanaki Windows with James Francis and Butch Phillips that addresses the questions: How important were Birch Bark Canoes? What were the various materials used?What was the process?

My Father’s Tools, a short video made by Heather Condo. From felling to twining, Condo documents the work of her husband, the Mi’gmaq craftsman Stephen Jerome, who learned the technique of black-ash rib-basket-weaving from his father. Jerome’s basket, created from a single tree, is an object imbued with deep personal significance and longstanding communal knowledge.

Non-Wabanaki indigenous cultural resurgence

Now is the time, a beautiful short film made by the New York Times about the return of the totem pole at Haida Gwaii in BC.

River of Return. Follow Jessica and Sammy, two young citizens of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and co-founders of River Newe, as they share their story about the power of hope and perseverance, resilience and resurgence, and the vitality of sharing these lands and waters with today’s tribal youth and the generations to come.

In northern Ontario, a new space to build birch bark canoes has created opportunities for cultural preservation and cross generational learning.