Augusta

Augusta

| 16 min
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This short documentary offers an intimate portrait of Augusta Evans, an 88-year-old Secwépmec woman who has spent her life in the hills of the Williams Lake area of British Columbia, where she lives alone in a log cabin without running water or electricity. Born the daughter of a Chief, Augusta was forced to attend residential school and lost her treaty status when she wed her non-Indigenous husband. After seeing a woman lose her life in childbirth, Augusta taught herself midwifery from a book and delivered many babies, including her own daughter, whom she birthed alone in her cabin. Having lived through many losses and now surviving on a $250 monthly pension that barely covers wood and groceries, Augusta is a cherished member of her community, where she shares her knowledge and songs, and laments that the young people are not learning their language.

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Credits
  • director
    Anne Wheeler
  • editing
    Anne Wheeler
  • producer
    John Taylor
  • executive producer
    Peter Jones
    John Taylor
  • camera
    Ron Orieux
  • sound
    Ralph Parker

  • travellingbelle

    I agree with the other commentators, this is an incredible film and it is a testament to the strength of women all over the world.

    travellingbelle, 18 Feb 2016
  • sixam

    What a tough life she had. Choked me up a bit.

    sixam, 13 Jan 2014
  • CSMesher

    great

    CSMesher, 15 Oct 2013
  • dmgnfb

    :0) Warms the heart! Thank You!

    dmgnfb, 13 Mar 2012
  • madpratter

    I love Augusta! What a beautiful soul.

    madpratter, 27 Jan 2012
  • anneonbowen

    A wonderful portrait of an independent woman in the Cariboo.

    anneonbowen, 19 Jan 2012
  • accaberj

    What a beautiful film, of a remarkable woman-fiercely independent, funny, strong... she is such an inspiration. Thank you Anne!

    accaberj, 18 Jan 2012