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Circle of the Sun

Circle of the Sun

| 29 min

This short documentary by Colin Low is an invitation to a gathering of the Káínaa of Alberta - as the Sun Dance is captured on film for the first time. The film shows how the theme of the circle reflects the bands' connection to wildlife and also addresses the predicament of the young generation, those who have relinquished their ties with their own culture but have not yet found a firm place in a changing world.

  • director
    Colin Low
  • script
    Colin Low
  • producer
    Tom Daly
  • editing
    Tom Daly
  • commentary
    Stanley Jackson
  • camera
    John Spotton
    Dalton Muir
  • sound
    George Croll
    Ron Alexander
    Erik Nielsen
  • sound editing
    Kathleen Shannon
  • consultant
    Jim Whitebull
  • narrator
    Pete Standing Alone
  • music
    Eldon Rathburn


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Ages 16 to 17

Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges
Media Education - Documentary Film

Teachers of media, filmmaking, and Native Studies can initiate projects exploring: representation of First Nations in old documentaries; the contrast between the film and the present Blood Indian culture; and the effects of film conventions such as close-ups, music, and narration. Extend research into today's First Nations - locations, rituals, religion, and lifestyles. Students can research Native dances and their origins, and present their knowledge to the class through performance.

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