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The Fiddlers of James Bay ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB525879
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Bob Rodgers, Mark Zannis, Gail Singer, Peter Katadotis
Directors:  Bob Rodgers
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Diversity, Documentary, Indigenous Peoples, Music
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1980
Running Time:  28:42

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Scots from the Orkney Islands came to trade in Northern Québec during the 17th century. They brought fiddles with them and introduced a new form of music to the Cree of James Bay. The music survived long after the Scots returned home. In this film two Cree fiddlers travel to the Orkney Islands, the birthplace of the music they learned from their fathers and grandfathers. The film captures the warmth and good will of this reunion.

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