Merchants of the Wild Series: Oji-Cree
Catalogue Number: 300050
Producer: Buck Productions
Subject: Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Geography, Guidance, Health and Medicine, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Studies
Grade Level: 6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2018
Running Time: 286
Merchants of the Wild is a vivid reconnection to the land as six Indigenous women and men relive what survival was like on a fur trade expedition across the length and breadth of Northern Cree and Ojibway territories. Travelling in birch bark canoes, the brave group are taught by Elders and Knowledge Keepers, learning to make tools and use skills passed on orally through generations. These teachings are essential to their survival, as they take to the land with no modern technology on a 25-day voyage that will leave them forever changed.
The series lets audiences experience what it took to endure perilous journeys, and gain not only cultural knowledge and appreciation, but discover ways in which they can better live harmoniously within their environment. The diverse group must use their collective knowledge and courage, alongside teachings from Oji-Cree Elders, to find food, make shelter, endure freezing nights, and overcome the entire emotional journey reconnecting them with the land.
NOTE: This 13-part series is filmed over the course of a 25-day journey. Ideally it is watched in sequence, however, individual programs have a specific focus and can be watched individually if you are wishing to focus on specific themes.
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