ITUSTO To Rise Again

ITUSTO To Rise Again

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On August 29, 1997 the 'Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay, British Columbia, was rocked to its core. An arsonist had set fire to the Alert Bay Big House, where all the traditional ceremonies were held. As the community watched helplessly, a collective grief swept over them-"Our people stood and wept."

I'TUSTO is the Kwakwaka'wakw word for "to rise again". 'Namgis filmmaker Barb Cranmer worked alongside members of her community to document their tremendous efforts as they rallied over the next 21 months to rebuild the big house. Archival photographs, footage of the re-building and stories from people of all ages in the community create a poignant portrait of how a community worked together to create a new monument of pride and culture and celebrate the opening of the new big house on May 28, 1999.

I'TUSTO To Rise Again provides an insightful look at an ancient legacy, the potlatch big house and the people who continue practicing their traditions through good and bad times.

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