Birch Bark Canoe - Episode 1: Merchants of the Wild Series: Oji-Cree
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, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2018
Running Time: 22:00
Six Indigenous strangers are dropped into the north woods with no food, supplies, or shelter. They hope to culturally reconnect and discover their identities. Oji-Cree elders teach them how to paddle their traditional birchbark canoes and how to use spruce pitch to repair damage, giving thanks to the tree. They give them traditional gifts to help them on their journey: clothing, fur hides, tools, and pemmican. As the sunlight fades, they offer a traditional Oji-Cree prayer of thanks.
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