This short documentary tells the story of Tony Chachai, a young Indigenous man in search of his identity. Moved by the desire to reconnect with his Atikamekw roots, he delivers a touching testimony on the journey that brought him closer to his family and community. On the verge of becoming a father himself, he becomes increasingly aware of the richness of his heritage and celebrates it by dancing in a powwow.This film was produced as part of Tremplin NIKANIK, a competition for francophone First Nations filmmakers in Quebec.
Ages 12 to 18
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges
This documentary can evoke conversation and deeper understanding of Indigenous identity. Why is it important for foster families to nurture Indigenous cultural ways of being, knowing and doing? Research the Indian Act in relation to banning cultural regalia and dance. Why would the government want to make dance and regalia illegal? What would the long-term effects of this type of cultural repression be? Can the resurgence of Indigenous cultural practices, once outlawed by forced assimilation policies, nurture healing and wellness within individuals, communities and society? Research the significance of a powwow, smudging, eagle feathers, drum songs, and dance styles and regalia. When researching, consider the importance of using an Indigenous source.