SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3 x 13 parts)
DirectorsJeff Bear Marianne Jones
ProducersKristy Assu Jeff Bear Marianne Jones
- Release Date 2013
- Running Time 22 minutes x 13
- Closed Captions Yes
- Availability Canada, USA
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This is the third of four documentary series on water, SAMAQAN -- its role in culture, spirituality and life itself for North America's First Nations people. Six programs celebrate forging connections with ancestral ways through ocean-going canoe expeditions. These Tribal Journey programs follow a 2012 event that saw 97 canoes converge on Puget Sound where they were welcomed by the Squaxin people. Tracing the start of this tribal journey revival, planning for the 2012 journey, landings and protocols, these programs celebrate the efforts of many, including some Maori from New Zealand, who made the 2012 journey such a success in the spirit of qatuwas -- people gathering together. A visit to the Onake Paddling Club in Kahnawake, across from Montréal, highlights the importance of paddling for the Mohawk nation. In British Columbia, people from the Okanagan First Nation work to mitigate the decline of returning salmon stocks. In Manitoba, two programs follow the struggle of Oji-Cree in the Island Lakes region to live without a clean supply of running water. In Kitigan Zibi (formerly Maniwaki, Québec), residents have a similar struggle with water pollution and work to build an effective water treatment plant. Further east, across the river from Montréal, Billy Two Rivers reveals how the heavily polluted St. Lawrence Seaway came to be developed right through the middle of traditional Mohawk territory. And in New Brunswick, Jeff Bear returns to the Wollastook (St. John) River, tracing the effects of European settlement on the Maliseet people. On this journey, his mother's words, take care of the water, my son, resonate more strongly than ever.
Titles included in SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3):
- Without Running Water, Part 1 (22 minutes)
- Without Running Water, Part 2 (22 minutes)
- Kitigan Zibi Waters (22 minutes)
- Kahnawake Waters, Part 1 (22 minutes)
- Kahnawake Waters, Part 2 (22 minutes)
- Tribal Journey, Part 1: Paddle to Squaxin (22 minutes)
- Tribal Journey, Part 2: Nala Winds (22 minutes)
- Tribal Journey, Part 3: Kwumut Lelum (22 minutes)
- Tribal Journey, Part 4: Maori Waka, Dugout Canoe and Birch Bark (22 minutes)
- Tribal Journey, Part 5: The Village Welcome (22 minutes)
- Tribal Journey, Part 6: Landings and Protocol (22 minutes)
- Every Year the Salmon Come Back (22 minutes)
- Drinking from my Mother's Well (22 minutes)
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