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Spirit of the Trees: Circle of Life ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB545993
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Shannon Ramsay
Directors:  Catherine Busch-Johnston
Producing Agencies:  Trees Forever
Subject:  Documentary, Environmental Studies, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2008
Running Time:  28m 30s


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Spirit of the Trees weaves together Native voices, art and music from 40 indigenous tribes and nations. Narrated by the late actor/musician Floyd Red Crow Westerman, this remarkable journey with First Nations People gives insight into the traditions of their spiritual practices, foods and medicines, art and music, shelter and land management - all inseparably connected to trees, forests and Mother Earth.

Circle of Life: (Central United States) Woodland tribes like the Yankton Sioux, Menominee and Objibwe share their perspectives on why cultural diversity and biodiversity are interconnected. You will experience how, through years of dedication and listening to their elders, the Menominee have created one of the most outstanding examples of sustainable forestry in the world. From black ash basket making to building sweat lodges, this film takes you to the lands of tribal artists, elders and land managers living sustainably with deep, healthy spiritual traditions tied to trees and forests.

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