Building a Sweat Lodge in Atikokan
Catalogue Number: SGE001
Producer: Atikokan Native Friendship Centre
Subject: Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Guidance, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Studies, Sociology
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2019
Running Time: 15
Closed Captions: Yes
“Building a Sweat Lodge in Atikokan” is a short but powerful documentary film that provides a rare glimpse into the building of a sweat lodge, long known to be a traditional rite of passage and healing. It also signifies reclamation of cultural ways as many ceremonies and rites of passage were suppressed during the era of residential schools (1876-1996). Patricia BigGeorge and Gary Councillor of the Anishinaabe Midewin Society inform us on the significance and the power of the sweat lodge, and the Seven Grandfather teachings. Knowledge keepers Les Morrisseau and Darcy Whitecrow, on the day of the sweat lodge build, also provide valuable teachings on the Sacred Fire and the Seven Grandfathers.
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