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The Giant

The Giant

| 2 min

This animated short tells the story of Edouard Beaupré, a.k.a. the Willow Bunch Giant. At 2.5 m (8’ 3”), he was the tallest Canadian in history. Born in 1881 in a small Métis community south of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, his life was tragically cut short in 1904 while he was “on display” at the St. Louis World’s Fair.

  • director
    Denis Nokony
  • animation
    Denis Nokony
  • producer
    Charles Konowal
  • editing
    Charles Konowal
  • executive producer
    Ches Yetman
  • script
    Ken Mitchell
  • camera
    Lorne Bailey
  • sound editing
    Carol Wenaus
  • re-recording
    Clive Perry
  • narrator
    Wilfrid Dubé


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Ages 10 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Ethics and Religious Culture - Ethical Values
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics

Warnings: Photographic image of Beaupré’s dead body on display.

In this animated short, we are introduced to Edouard Beaupré, “The Giant.” He was a Métis man from rural Saskatchewan who grew to be 2.5 m (8’ 3”) tall. Beaupré died at the St. Louis World Fair as a young man, part of a side show. Students can compare their own height to Beaupré’s and discuss the implications of being that tall in their daily life. Students could do research about side shows and the impact they have on society. Students could also explore what happened to Beaupré’s body after his death, and they could discuss the ethics of the actions taken.

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