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Qatuwas - People Gathering Together

Qatuwas - People Gathering Together

| 58 min

For thousands of years the great ocean-going canoe sustained the cultural and spiritual traditions of coastal First Nations. Yet this century has seen the virtual disappearance of these sacred vessels.

In the 1980s, Native peoples of the Northwest Coast embarked on an emotional voyage of rediscovery. Reclaiming their ancient maritime heritage, they carved majestic canoes from cedars that were living hundreds of years before Europeans arrived in the Pacific Northwest.

Crews from thirty First Nations then set out in 1993 on a remarkable journey, paddling hundreds of kilometres along ancient waterways to an historic gathering of more than three thousand people at Bella Bella, British Columbia.

Qatuwas - People Gathering Together powerfully documents this rebirth of the ocean-going canoe and celebrates the healing power of tradition and the resurgence of Northwest Coast indigenous culture.

  • director
    Barb Cranmer
  • script
    Barb Cranmer
  • producer
    Barb Cranmer
    George Johnson
    Frank Brown
  • cinematography
    John Dowell
  • sound
    Roger McGrath
    George Colmer
    Lez Morrison
    Ken McGrath
  • editing
    Bill Campbell
  • sound editing
    Marc Benoit
  • narrator
    Pauline Waterfall


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