Potlatch: To Give

Potlatch: To Give

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Kwakwaka'wakw director Barb Cranmer has created two short films that recreate the experience of the modern-day potlatch, still praticed in her community of Alert Bay, British Columbia.

The first film is a 10-minute narrative documentary showing the potlatch cerremony and discussing its importance in the passing down of history and connection to ancestry.

The second 13-minute film immerses the viewer in the experience itself with a powerful soundscape that was filmed in the Bighouse during this traditional ceremony that connects families and community for Canada's Indigenous Northwest Coast people.

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