Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture

Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture

| 1 h 32 min

Everyone is familiar with certain types of Aboriginal architecture. Traditional igloos and tepees are two of the most enduring symbols of North America itself. But how much do we really know about the types of structures Native Peoples designed, engineered and built? For more than three hundred years, Native communities in North America have had virtually no indigenous architecture. Communities have made do with low-cost government housing and community projects designed by strangers in far away places.

Thankfully, across the continent, political, financial and cultural changes have created a renaissance of Native design. Modern Aboriginal architects are turning to ancient forms, adapting them in response to changes in the natural and social environment, and creating contemporary structures that hearken to the past. Employing old and new materials and techniques, and with an emphasis on harmony and balance, Native designers are successfully melding current community needs with tradition. The resulting buildings are testaments to the enduring strength and ingenuity of Aboriginal design.

Featuring expert commentary and stunning imagery, Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture provides a virtual tour of seven Aboriginal communities--Pueblo, Mohawk, Inuit, Crow, Navajo, Coast Salish and Haida--revealing how each is actively reinterpreting and adapting traditional forms for contemporary purposes.

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  • director
    Paul M. Rickard
  • executive producer
    George Hargrave
    Sally Bochner
  • producer
    Paul M. Rickard
    Janice Benthin
    Tamara Lynch
  • writer
    Janice Benthin
    Paul M. Rickard
  • concept
    Nick Huard
  • narrator
    Katie Malloch
  • camera
    Paul M. Rickard
  • additional camera
    George Hargrave
  • location sound
    Nick Huard
  • editor
    James Malloch
  • music
    Janet Lumb
    Dino Giancola
  • sound editor
    Chris Leon
  • 3D animation
    Jesse Bochner
  • research
    Reaghan Tarbell
    Pepper Obomsawin
  • accounting
    Margaret Terreau
  • post-production
    Nutaaq Media Inc.
  • colour correction
    Dave Stonier