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Second Stories - Deb-we-win Ge-ken-am-aan, Our Place in the Circle

Second Stories - Deb-we-win Ge-ken-am-aan, Our Place in the Circle

| 22 min

Lorne Olson's short documentary presents a vision he had of two-spirited people dancing, laughing, and smiling. His vision spurs him to rediscover the strength of the past to better face the challenges of today. This funny and buoyant film documents his touching journey.

Second Stories follows on the heels of the enormously successful First Stories project, which produced 3 separate collections of short films from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Second Stories builds on that success by continuing the training with 3 of the 12 Indigenous filmmakers who delivered such compelling short documentaries. Produced in association with CBC, APTN, SCN, SaskFilm and MANITOBA FILM & SOUND.

  • writer
    Lorne Olson
  • director
    Lorne Olson
  • editor
    Brad Caslor
  • narrator
    Lorne Olson
  • camera
    Claude Savard
    Charles Konowal
  • location sound recordist
    Marvin Polanski
    Dino Schiavone
    Jay Garuk
  • original music composer
    Shawn Pierce
  • music performer
    Shawn Pierce
    Sierra Noble
    Boyd MacKenzie
    Lorne Olson
  • traditional vocals
    Steve Morse
    John Jewett
    John Clark Parker
    Cara Widrick
  • sound editor
    Howard Rissin
    Anita Lubosch
  • online editor
    Tony Wytinck
  • re-recording mixer
    Howard Rissin
  • consultant
    Shereen Jerrett
  • still photographer
    Charles Shilliday
  • transcription typist
    Ruth DeGraves
  • gaffer
    Ryan Beresford
    Michael Kelly
  • costume designer
    Billy Martin
  • set dressings
    Billy Martin
  • costume tailor
    Jeffrey Chief
  • costumes
    Lita Fontaine
  • paintings
    Jasyn Lucas
  • dancer
    Fairwind Trescott
    Christopher Roulette
    Gayle Pruden
    Rath Pranteau
  • powwow group
    Buffalo Red Thunder Singers
  • production coordinator
    Monique Perron
    Rolande Petit
    Marjorie Roden
  • program administrator
    Cyndi Forcand
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • production supervisor
    Scott Collins
  • associate producer
    Stephanie Scott
  • producer
    Joe MacDonald
  • executive producer
    Derek Mazur


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Ages 14 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

Health/Personal Development - Sexuality
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges

Warning: May be a sensitive subject for some in relation to sexual identity. This documentary can inspire research, discussion, projects and deeper learning about identity in relation to what it means to be two-spirited. What does the title “Our Place in the Circle” mean to you? What does it mean to be two-spirited and how does this relate to worldview? How can learning about sexual identity in the context of original First Nations teachings contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and society? What role has colonialism played in the shunning of two-spirited people from their own community and mainstream society? Why are two-spirited people at a high risk of dying at an early age? What support and education can be put in place to uplift those born into a two-spirited body? How can connecting with culture through the arts encourage resilience and flourishing? Why is it important to include the larger community in the acceptance of two-spirited people? What does it mean to have a healthy sense of belonging? What does the renaissance of Indigenous culture mean and what examples of it are apparent to you? 

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