Stories of Métis Women: Tales My Kookum Told Me
Catalogue Number: LM0028
Producer: LeMay Media
Producing Agencies: New Dawn Métis Women Society
Subject: Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, History, Indigenous Peoples, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Women's Studies
Grade Level: 6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2021
Running Time: 22:11
In this program narrated by Norma Spicer, we look at Métis society as told through the voices of various Métis women. They share their passion for Métis history, culture and customs. They are the caretakers of traditional knowledge and are ensuring that the perspectives of Métis women are included in their history. In many ways, Métis women are the heart and soul of the Métis people. They are the strength in Métis families, communities and places of work.
In the past, their kinship networks established where people settled and whom people married. Sovereign within their familial and community roles, they were the healers, the stewards of the land and its resources, the keepers of Indigenous knowledge, and the midwives who kept the Métis Nation nurtured, educated, and sustained. Norma tells the story of the the traditional Métis buffalo hunt and camps. We hear wonderful stories of the land, community and Métis family life from Norma Spicer, Beatrice Demetrius, Doreen Poitras, Gail Gallupez, Rachelle Venne, Juanita Marois, Lisa Wolfe, and Pearl Calahasen.
Filmmaker Bio: An award-winning Métis filmmaker, Matt LeMay is an innovator in the field of educational documentary film. He has channelled his passion for addressing social issues that impact First Nations and Métis communities into documentaries that showcase the power of Indigenous storytelling and the importance of protecting the natural environment.
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