The Abenaki – People of the Dawn: The Water of Life Series
Catalogue Number: 300151
Producer: MacLeod 9 Productions
Subject: Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Canadian World Studies, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Peoples, Social Studies
Grade Level: 3 - 5, 6 - 8, 9 - 12
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2015
Running Time: 16
Closed Captions: Yes
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.
"…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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