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César's Bark Canoe ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB521663
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Paul Larose
Directors:  Bernard Gosselin
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Arts, Canadian History, Civics, Diversity, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1971
Running Time:  57m 52s


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Building a canoe solely from the materials that the forest provides may become a lost art, even among the Indians whose traditional craft it is. In this film, César Newashish, a sixty-seven-year-old Attikamek Indian of the Manowan Reserve north of Montreal, builds a canoe in the old way, using only birch bark, cedar splints, spruce roots and gum. With a sure hand he works methodically to fashion a craft unsurpassed in function or beauty of design. The film is without commentary but text frames appear on the screen in Cree, French and English. Film without words.

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