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This Riel Business ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB519973
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Ian McLaren, John N. Smith
Directors:  Ian McLaren
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Arts, Canadian History, Canadian Literature, Documentary, First Nations Studies, History, Indigenous Peoples, Literature, Social Issues, World History
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1974
Running Time:  27:35

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Tales from a Prairie Drifter is a stage comedy about the Northwest Rebellion during the opening of the Canadian West. It highlights the roles of Louis Riel, the rebel leader, of Sir John A. Macdonald, the prime minister, and of General Middleton, who was sent to quell the uprising. It defines the First Nations and Métis cause much more succinctly than do many history books. For this film, the play was performed by the Regina Globe Theatre before a First Nations and Métis audience, and their reactions were recorded.

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