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Augusta ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB525863
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  John Taylor, Peter Jones
Directors:  Anne Wheeler
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Biography, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Peoples, Seniors, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1976
Running Time:  16m 33s

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This film is the portrait of an eighty-eight-year-old Secwépmec woman who lives alone in a log cabin in the Williams Lake area of British Columbia without running water or electricity. The daughter of a chief in the Soda Creek Reserve, Augusta lost her Indian status when she married outside the community. She recalls past times including her residential school experience at Saint Joseph's Mission, but lives very much in the present. Self-sufficient, dedicated to her people, she spreads warmth wherever she moves, with her songs, her harmonica and her soft-voiced comments in Secwepmectsín and English. (Award: San Francisco.)

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