Writing the Land

7 min
Kevin Lee Burton

In this short documentary, a Musqueam elder rediscovers his Native language and traditions in the city of Vancouver, near where the Musqueam people have lived for thousands of years.

Writing the Land captures the ever-changing nature of a modern city - the glass and steel towers cut against the sky, grass, trees and a sudden flash of birds in flight and the enduring power of language to shape perception and create memory.

Awards and distinctions

  • Best Manitoban Film Aboriginal Film and Video Festival - Winnipeg, 2008
  • Gerry Brunet Memorial Award, ex-aequo with "Hirsute" by AJ Bond Out on Screen - Queer Film & Video Festival - Vancouver, 2008