Kainayssini Imanistaisiwa: The People Go On

  • Loretta Todd,
  • ,
  • 69 min 36 s

droits manquants 19-2-2014 Windswept prairies, sloping coulees and stretches of open sky - this is the home of the Kainai Blood Indians, in the heart of southern Alberta. Filmmaker Loretta Sarah Todd takes viewers on a visually lush journey, exploring the significance of land, memory and knowledge in Kainai life.

The catalyst for this expressionistic journey is the return of belongings of the Kainai, collected by Europeans during colonial times and kept in distant museums. As the community's elders examine the objects and share stories first-hand, they reveal how the rich threads of Kainai life thrive from one generation to the next. From their traditions and language to their sacred beliefs, this is a powerful continuum of culture that cannot be contained in a glass exhibit case.

Stylistically blending sound, colour, light and words, this film explores the collective memory of the Kainai that resonates so deeply in their land and their storytelling traditions. Intertwining past, present and future, Kainayssini Imanistaisiwa: The People Go On is an eloquent testament to Kainai history, governance and existence.

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Film Credits

writer
Loretta Todd
director
Loretta Todd
participant
Rosie Day Rider
Louise Crop Eared Wolf
Annabel Crop Eared Wolf
Frank Weasel Head
Louis Soop
Leroy Little Bear
Narcisse Blood
Josh Mountain Horse
Jonathan King
Mary Stella Bare Skin Bone
Arni Brownstone
Adam Delanay
Alfreda Delanay
Winston Day Chief
Celina Goodstriker
Rufus Goodstriker
Rosie Red Crow
Pete Standing Alone
Bruce Wolf Child
Kirsten Buckskin
Alyssha Cross Child
Brandy Little Bear
Tasha No Runner
narration
Amethyst First Rider
actor
Nadine Tailfeathers
Garret Tailfeathers
Cammie Fox
Keelie Goodstriker
director of photography
René Sioui Labelle
editor
Shirley Claydon
original music
Wesley Lowe
sound recordist
Don Howell
Igal Petel
re-recording mixer
Iain Pattison
Kelly Cole
producer
Bonnie Thompson

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