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Summer Legend

Summer Legend

| 8 min

This short animation tells the tale of the great spirit Glooscap and how he battled with the giant Winter in order to bring Summer to the North and the Mi'kmaq people. Silas T. Rand, a Canadian Baptist clergyman and ethnographer, and Charles Leland, an American humorist and folklorist, first recorded the legend of Glooscap at the end of the 19th century. Since then, the legend has been retold many times, but never more beautifully than in this colourful animated interpretation.

  • director
    Françoise Hartmann
  • script
    Françoise Hartmann
  • animation
    Françoise Hartmann
  • producer
    Eunice Macaulay
  • executive producer
    Douglas MacDonald
  • camera
    Pierre Landry
    Raymond Dumas
  • sound
    Louis Hone
  • sound editing
    Julian Olson
    Diane Le Floc'h
  • music editing
    Julian Olson
    Diane Le Floc'h
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • narrator
    Tex Konig
  • voice
    Margo Mackinnon Baculis
  • music
    Keith Tedman


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Ages 6 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

Indigenous Studies - Arts
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges

This short animation retells a Mi’kmaq teaching about the Great Spirit Glooscap’s battle with winter to bring summer to the North. This film could inspire research, discussions and projects related to a variety of topics. How have the oral teachings of Indigenous Peoples been shared throughout history? What role does storytelling play in Indigenous culture? How does the story connect with the worldview in relation to the natural world? Why is it important for Indigenous Peoples to tell their own stories and share cultural teachings and stories?

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