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Spirit of the Trees: Malama 'Aina ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB546006
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.

Malama 'Aina: (Hawaii) This segment explores the intimate relationship Native Hawaiians have with the land and all living things. Included in this piece is the touching story of how the Tlingets of Alaska gave the Hawaiians three giant sitka spruce for a traditional outrigger canoe because they had no trees large enough left on the Islands. Botanists, ceremonial hula dancers, artists, healers, navigators and others describe how indigenous Hawaiians are struggling to save their cherished land.

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