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The Abenaki – People of the Dawn: The Water of Life Series

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This title is a part of the series The Water of Life Series

Catalogue Number:  300151
Producer:  MacLeod 9 Productions
Producing Agencies:  MacLeod 9 Productions
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Canadian World Studies, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Peoples, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  3 - 5, 6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2013
Running Time:  16:23
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Identity is often revealed in the most perilous situations. In The Abenaki - People of the Dawn, it is Joe Obomsawin's intimate knowledge of the back roads and hidden trails on the frontiers of Quebec and New England that narrowly saves a group of bootleggers from capture. The escape also provides the impetus for his character's powerful and deeply personal retelling of the history of his people. Huddled around a fire in a remote cabin, Obomsawin unfolds the tragic, improbable and inspiring story of the Abenaki nation, reduced from 50,000 to some 1,500 over a few hundred years of colonial settlement. A collaboration between author and storyteller Mike Burns and director G. Scott MacLeod as part of the animated series The Water of Life, The Abenaki - People of the Dawn fuses traditional pencil animation with new digital media to tell the harrowing tale of a people's struggle for survival.

Graphic novel version available: Product # 300151GN

For the graphic novel version in ON-Core and CAN-Core click on Teacher Resources below the description.

This program is also available in French.


"…very beautiful. I think it should be seen and I appreciate all the work that’s been done and the animation is fantastic." - Alanis Obomsawin OC, Celebrated Canadian documentarian of Abenaki descent.

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