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The Mountain of SGaana

The Mountain of SGaana

| 10 min

In The Mountain of SGaana, Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter spins a magical tale of a young man who is stolen away to the spirit world, and the young woman who rescues him. The film brilliantly combines traditional animation with formal elements of Haida art, and is based on a story inspired by a old Haida fable.

  • director
    Christopher Auchter
  • writer
    Christopher Auchter
    Annie Reid
  • producer
    Shirley Vercruysse
  • associate producer
    Teri Snelgrove
  • composer
    Daniel Janke
  • sound design
    Chris McLaren
  • re-recording mixer
    Chris McLaren
  • animation
    Christopher Auchter
    Tara Barker
    Marco Li
    Sitji Chou
  • VFX artist
    Russell Heyman
  • compositor
    Michael Mann
  • VFX
    Michael Mann
  • after effects animation
    Michael Mann
  • VFX assistant
    Daniel Larg
  • rigger
    Tara Barker
    Shawna Mauchline
    Amanda Mauchline
  • backgrounds
    Christopher Auchter
    Sitji Chou
    Lou Papa
  • character design
    Christopher Auchter
  • renderer
    Melanie le Tuquyen
  • 3D rendering
  • printing
  • 3D sculptor
    JC Cappelletti
  • singer
    Nikita Toya Auchter
  • voice
    Kevin Loring
    Devery Jacobs
  • musician
    Lonnie Powell
    Hugh Marsh
    Olivier de Colombel
  • sound mix facility
    The Sound Kitchen
  • NFB Animation Studio
    Maral Mohammadian
    Jelena Popovic
    Éloi Champagne
    Victoire-Émilie Bessette
    Rosalina Di Sario
  • production supervisor
    Jennifer Roworth
  • studio administrator
    Carla Jones
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production coordinator
    Kathleen Jayme
    Justin Mah
    Kristyn Stilling
  • executive producer
    Shirley Vercruysse
    Michael Fukushima


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Ages 7 to 18

Mini-Lesson - The Mountain of SGaana

Study Guide - Guide 1

Arts Education - Visual Arts
Indigenous Studies - Arts
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Media Education - Film Animation

An animation inspired by a traditional Haida story would be ideal for introducing students to Haida art and storytelling. What elements of style are prominent in Haida art? How is animation an ideal film medium for telling this story? How does music evoke emotion and connect to the heart of the story? Research Haida repatriation and why First Nations cultural items were confiscated, stolen or destroyed. Why is it important that the Haida and other Indigenous Nations repatriate? Research how art, storytelling and music are all embedded into the cultural foundation of the Haida.

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