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Spirit of the Trees: Continuing Traditions ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB545995
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 32s


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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.

Continuing Traditions: (Southwest) Native Americans from the Southwest and California share the spirit of the trees through the voices of their sacred drums and flutes, their looms and weavings, their medicines, stewardship of their lands and cultural interdependence. Watch a traditional drum maker show the entire process, from finding the perfect tree to finishing a beautiful drum. These indigenous people have lived for thousands of years with rich traditions, all intricately tied to their natural environment.

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