Maq and the Spirit of the Woods

This animated short tells the story of Maq, a Mi’gmaq boy who realizes his potential with the help of inconspicuous mentors. When an elder in the community offers him a small piece of pipestone, Maq carves a little person out of it. Proud of his work, the boy wants to impress his grandfather and journeys through the woods to find him. Along the path Maq meets a curious traveller named Mi’gmwesu. Together they share stories, medicine, laughter and song. Maq begins to care less about making a good impression and more about sharing the knowledge and spirit he's found through his creation.

Part of the Talespinners collection, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular children’s stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen.


Phyllis Grant
Phyllis Grant
Phyllis Grant
Gilbert Sewell
original music
Normand Roger
sound design
Normand Roger
digital imaging specialist
Susan Gourley
Benoît Chagnon
River Caplin
Christopher Grant
Felicia Grant
Tristan Grant
Ava Sewell
voice recording
Ralf Cassidy Bindels
Alex Salter
Luc Léger
executive producer
Kent Martin
David Verrall
Kent Martin
Michael Fukushima