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Totem Talk ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB527591
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  George Johnson
Directors:  Annie Fraziér Henry
Producing Agencies:  Full Regalia Productions (Vancouver),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Animation, Architecture, Arts, Canadian Literature, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Peoples, Literature
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1996
Running Time:  22m
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Traditional Northwestern Indigenous spiritual images combine with cutting-edge computer animation in this surreal story about the power of tradition. Three urban Indigenous teens are whisked away to an imaginary land by a magical raven. Here, the young people meet a totem pole whose characters (a raven, a frog and a bear) come to life, becoming their teachers, guides and friends--demonstrating their significance to Northwest First Nation cultures and allowing the teens to understand the strength of their own traditions. Featuring a special interview segment with J. Bradley Hunt, the celebrated Heiltsuk artist on whose work the computer-animated characters in Totem Talk are based.



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