This introspective short animation takes place In the village of Carcross, in the Tagish First Nation. Neighbourhood pillar Grandma Kay tell the local children the tale of how Crow brought fire to people. As the story unfolds, we also meet 12-year-old Tish, an introspective, talented girl who feels drawn to the elder. Here, past and present blend, myth and reality meet, and the metaphor of fire infuses all in a location that lies at the heart of this Native community’s spiritual and cultural memory.
Ages 10 to 11
Arts Education - Music
English Language Arts - CanLit
Ethics and Religious Culture - Religious Diversity/Heritage
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Languages - English as a Second Language
Media Education - Film Animation
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World
This animated short depicts the life of a young girl in a Native village in Canada. Screen it in class and follow it up with a discussion. What are the origins of the young girl and the other villagers? What do you know about these people who live elsewhere in Canada? Why does Tish like Grandma Kay’s stories so much? Do your grandparents tell you stories? If so, what do you learn from them?