Birch Bark Canoe - Episode 1: Merchants of the Wild Series
Catalogue Number: 300051
Producer: Buck Productions
Subject: Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Diversity, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, 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: 22
Six Indigenous strangers are dropped into the woods with no food, supplies, or shelter. As they learn to patch birchbark canoes with pine pitch, the adventurers are hit with the reality of the challenge and responsibility of the journey ahead.
Six unequipped Indigenous strangers are dropped into the woods where they hope to culturally reconnect and discover their identities. Elders from Oji-Cree territory teach them some of the old ways as they learn how to paddle their traditional birchbark canoes, and how to use spruce pitch to repair any damage, giving thanks to the tree for the pitch. As the sunlight fades and they prepare for their first night under the stars, they receive traditional gifts from the elders to help them on their journey: clothing, fur hides, tools and a supply of pemmican. They are hit with the reality of the challenge and the responsibility of the journey ahead, and their first day concludes with a traditional Oji-Cree prayer of thanks.
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