Digital Storytelling at Saugeen First Nation
On Wednesday February 26th at 7 p.m., as part of our annual Night of Indigenous Arts, Huron will be hosting a film screening and discussion of three short films by Anishinabek filmmaker and educator Natalka Pucan. A reception will follow.
Natalka Pucan is a proud member of the Three Fires Confederacy of the Anishinabek Nation. Throughout her career she has worked with children and youth in a variety of capacities. Currently, she works as an Ojibway language instructor in the public school setting. Learning in the field, Natalka brings her stories to life thru song and picture.
Natalka is beginning to develop her story-telling through the film lens. An avid beader, singer and dancer, Natalka uses her cultural history and heritage to guide her when creating art. A new and emerging film artist, Natalka Pucan tells the stories of her people and nationhood through distinct imagery and authentic song. Film making is another avenue for Natalka to express and share cultural stories.
The three films to be shown are:
The Ancestors Gift (2019): An experimental film, The Ancestors Gift, explains the message the dish and one spoon treaty conveys to an Anishinabek family. Processed with medicines from the land, it shows how this message is practiced and passed from generation to generation. The film uses etchings to enhance the story of what the ancestors left for us to maintain and strengthen our individual sovereignty to the land and resources. The film was partially processed with plant medicines from the land.
Tie Our Spirits (2019): This film was produced by Anishinabek students at St. Joseph's school in Port Elgin. Coordinated by Pucan, and supported by the N'we Jinan project, through song the film reflects on the interconnectedness of the students at the school and the importance of returning their traditions to the school.
Mii Yaawag (2018): This film tells the story of how ancestral stories and memories are held and protected by members of a community. This is the story of a historic member of the Saugeen First Nation community. This story, a long forgotten gem, is hidden amongst the cedars of Sauble Beach. The film draws attention to the idea that the ancestors, the stories of the ancestors, the family members of the ancestors are still here, in the land, in the community and in the people. Journey upon the land to feel the place that remains home to a proud and fierce people, that are the ancestors of Bimadoshka.