The Sacred Sundance: The Transfer of a Ceremony

The Sacred Sundance: The Transfer of a Ceremony

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This feature-length documentary chronicles the Sundance ceremony brought to Eastern Canada by William Nevin of the Elsipogtog First Nation of the Mi'kmaq. Nevin learned from Elder Keith Chiefmoon of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Alberta. Under the July sky, participants in the Sundance ceremony go four days without food or water. Then they will pierce the flesh of their chests in an offering to the Creator. This event marks a transmission of culture and a link to the warrior traditions of the past.

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The Sacred Sundance: The Transfer of a Ceremony, Brian J. Francis, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • participant
    Kani Malsom
    William Nevin
    Bernard Jerome
    Keith Chiefmoon
    Nathan Chasing Horse
    Pamela Red Cloud
    Melvin, Jr. Brewer
    Hubert Francis
    Eugene Sock
    Stephanie Simon
    Cynthia Davidson
  • writer
    Brian J. Francis
  • director
    Brian J. Francis
  • producer
    Kent Martin
  • cinematography
    Nigel Markham
  • sound
    Alex Salter
  • editor
    Rohan Fernando
  • production supervisor
    Patricia Coughran
  • additional sound
    Rohan Fernando
    Kent Martin
  • original music composer
    Ronaldo Richard
    Hubert Francis
  • additional music
    David R. Maracle
  • research
    Brian J. Francis
  • sound editor
    Alex Salter
  • re-recording
    Allan Scarth
  • video mastering
    Steve Cook
  • on-line
    Steve Cook
  • production co-ordinator
    Stephanie Coolen
    Vanessa Larsen
  • marketing manager
    Amy Stewart Gallant
    Philip Moscovitch
  • centre administrator
    John William Lutz

  • WizGarber

    The Elsipogtog elder is from Eastern Canada, not from Western Canada. The elder from Western Canada is Keith Chiefmoon of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Alberta.

    WizGarber, 27 Sep 2016
  • Malsom

    The sacred sundance film is a educational film to share about the Indigenous way of life, and how we co-exist in a ever changing world.

    Malsom, 21 Dec 2013
  • Anne with an E

    loved it....showed it to my mikmaq class.

    Anne with an E, 13 Sep 2013

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