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Kanata: Legacy of the Children of Aataentsic - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB527957
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Jacques Ménard, Jacques Vallée
Directors:  René Sioui Labelle
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Peoples, Religious Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1998
Running Time:  52:04
Closed Captions:  Yes

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On a rigorous and passionate quest, Huron-Wendat director René Siouï Labelle retraces the path of his ancestors and surveys their territories, recording images of stunning beauty. He unveils a historical journey known to very few as he reflects upon the identity of the Wendat nation. In the 1600s, when the Wendat met Europeans, they were a prosperous society. They had been living on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River and around the Great Lakes for centuries. Tragically, the arrival of foreigners created massive upheavals that led to the disintegration of the great Wendat Confederation. A spiritual energy emanates from the men and women we encounter in this film, most of them from Wendake, 8 km north-west of Stadacona, which Chief Donnacona described to Jacques Cartier as the great village, or "Kanata." In French with English subtitles.

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