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Qatuwas - People Gathering Together - DVD ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB523128
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Barb Cranmer, George Johnson, Frank Brown
Directors:  Barb Cranmer
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Qatuwas Productions Inc. (Bella Bella)
Subject:  Documentary, Indigenous Peoples, Tech/Voc
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1996
Running Time:  58:26
Closed Captions:  Yes


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For thousands of years the great ocean-going canoe sustained the cultural and spiritual traditions of coastal First Nations. Yet this century has seen the virtual disappearance of these sacred vessels.

In the 1980s, Native peoples of the Northwest Coast embarked on an emotional voyage of rediscovery. Reclaiming their ancient maritime heritage, they carved majestic canoes from cedars that were living hundreds of years before Europeans arrived in the Pacific Northwest.

Crews from thirty First Nations then set out in 1993 on a remarkable journey, paddling hundreds of kilometres along ancient waterways to an historic gathering of more than three thousand people at Bella Bella, British Columbia.

Qatuwas - People Gathering Together powerfully documents this rebirth of the ocean-going canoe and celebrates the healing power of tradition and the resurgence of Northwest Coast indigenous culture.


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