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Spirit of the Trees: People of the Cedar ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB545997
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 31s

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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.

People of the Cedar: (Northwest) The tribal nations of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest consider the cedar essential to life, equal only to the salmon. This segment features many traditions that have evolved from community life in the forest: carving, basket making, weaving, making cedar clothing and gathering. The Yakima share their concerns and philosophy on sustainable forestry and traditional food and gathering.

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