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The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB524496
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Christine Welsh, Colleen Craig, Gillian Darling Kovanic, Ian Herring, Graydon McCrea
Directors:  Christine Welsh
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Prairie Girl Films (Victoria)
Subject:  Arts, Documentary, Indigenous Peoples, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2000
Running Time:  52:03

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For almost a century, the Coast Salish knitters of southern Vancouver Island have produced Cowichan sweaters from handspun wool. These distinctive sweaters are known and loved around the world, but the Indigenous women who make them remain largely invisible. Combining rare archival footage with the voices of three generations of woolworkers, The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters tells the tale of unsung heroines--resourceful women who knit to put food on the table and keep their families alive. Written and directed by Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh, this is a story of courage and cultural transformation--a celebration of the threads that connect the past to the future.

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