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Indigenous Plant Diva ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB543924
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Selwyn Jacob, Rina Fraticelli
Directors:  Kamala Todd
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, Health and Medicine, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Medicine, Safety, Science, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2008
Running Time:  9m 10s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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In the language of the Squamish Nation, Cease Wyss was given the name 'T'Uy'Tanat', meaning 'Woman who travels by canoe to gather medicines for all people.' In director Kamala Todd's lyrical portrait, Wyss reveals the remarkable healing powers of plants growing among the sprawling urban streets of downtown Vancouver.

Whether it's the secret curl of a fiddlehead, the gentleness of comfrey, or the blood red streaks of frog leaf, plants carry with them millennia of wisdom, communicated through colour, texture and form. Cease Wyss has been listening to this unspoken language, and is now passing this ancient and intimate sense of connection to her own daughter, Senaqwila.

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