The Saga of Murdo MacLeod and His First Contact with the Abenaki: The Water of Life Series
Catalogue Number: 300152
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
Expelled from their land on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, Murdo MacLeod and his clan are given passage as ballast on a timber ship bound for Lower Canada. It is the late 1830s. Those who survive the voyage arrive in Quebec City with nothing more than axes in hand and speaking only Gaelic amongst the French and English population. Travelling on foot, they make their way to the region near Sherbrooke, ending up on Abenaki territory near Gould. There, with winter fast approaching, they find their only hope for survival in the hands of Canada's first people.
Written and narrated by Burns, a celebrated Montreal storyteller, The Saga of Murdo MacLeod reveals the history of millions of Canadians whose ancestors found freedom and opportunity only through great sacrifice and the compassion of unlikely allies.
"…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.
"The Saga of Murdo MacLeod was totally captivating for my immigrant adult students." - Nancy Snipper, Adult Educator, James Lyng High School.
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