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Skarure and Song: Amplify Series, Season 1

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This title is a part of the series Amplify Series, Season 1

Catalogue Number:  AS0628
Producer:  Animiki See Distribution Inc.
Producing Agencies:  Wabunganung Film Company Ltd.
Subject:  American History, Arts, Canadian History, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Guidance, Health, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Music, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2020
Running Time:  22:24

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Singer and composer Jennifer Kreisberg, Tuskarora from North Carolina, is an Emmy nominated composer from four generations of maternal singing sisters. She is known for her fierce traditional vocals and has sung with the Native Women’s Trio ULALI for 28 years. Her song "Have Hope", won a Genie Award, a Native American Music Award, and two Independent Music Awards.

Jennifer sets out to write a song about the dispersal of the Skaru:rę (Tuscarora) populations following the Tuscarora War of 1710, when thousands left their land and re-settled in New York and Ontario. What has kept the Tuscarora connected across miles of land is song. Jennifer visits with Six Nations artists to better understand the tradition of Skaru:rę songs. Artist and educator Brenda Hill and historian Duane Brayboy teach her more about the history of the Tuscarora.

From Sadie Buck and the Six Nations Women’s Singers we learn that song is integral to maintaining culture, sociality, and traditions. Despite being adopted into the Six Nations, the Skaru:rę people were able to maintain their history through song and teach it to future generations. Jennifer explains, “Thank the good land for music. It saved my life and it has saved that connection. We lost almost everything else, except that self identity and the music."

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