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| 40 min

In 1977, the James Bay Festival took place over nine days in Montreal. This historic one-of-a-kind event was held in support of the James Bay Cree whose territory, resources and culture were threatened by the expansion of hydro-electric dams. First Nations, Métis and Inuit performers came from across North America to show their support in an act of Indigenous unity and solidarity few people in Montreal had ever witnessed. Rarely seen early performances by legendary Indigenous artists Gordon Tootoosis, Tom Jackson, Duke Redbird, Willie Dunn and director Alanis Obomsawin herself are interspersed with testimonies of members of the James Bay Cree. Their stories reveal first-hand experiences of the negative impacts of capitalistic expansion on Cree land.

Also available on the Alanis Obomsawin: A Legacy DVD box set

  • producer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • director
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • photography
    Bob Charlie
    Buckley Petawabano
  • camera assistant
    Alex Redcrow
  • editing
    Jeanette Lerman
    Buckley Petawabano
    Judith Potterton
  • location sound
    Albert Canadian
  • sound editing
    Bill Graziadei
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • business manager
    Eva Pearce
  • electrician
    Jean-Jacques Parent
  • speaker
    Jimmy Mianscum
    Bertie Wapachee
    Kenny Mianscum
    Phillip Petawabano
    Daniel Wapachee
  • translation
    Buckley Petawabano
    Steve Bearskin
  • associate producer
    Dorothy Courtois
  • executive producer
    Wolf Koenig


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