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The Ballad of Crowfoot ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB520572
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Barrie Howells
Directors:  Willie Dunn
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Diversity, Documentary, First Nations Studies, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1968
Running Time:  10m 18s


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Released in 1968 and often referred to as Canada’s first music video, The Ballad of Crowfoot was directed by Willie Dunn, a Mi’kmaq/Scottish folk singer and activist who was part of the historic Indian Film Crew, the first all-Indigenous production unit at the NFB.  The film is a powerful look at colonial betrayals told through a striking montage of archival images and a ballad composed by Dunn himself about the legendary 19th-century Siksika (Blackfoot) chief who negotiated Treaty 7 on behalf of the Blackfoot Confederacy. The IFC’s inaugural release, Crowfoot was the first Indigenous-directed film to be made at the NFB.



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