This Was the Time

This Was the Time

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When Masset, a Haida village on Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands), held a potlatch, it seemed as if the past grandeur of the people had returned. This is a colourful recreation of Indigenous life that faded more than two generations ago when the great totems were toppled by the missionaries and the costly potlatch was forbidden by law. The film shows how one village lived again the old glory, with singing, dancing, feasting, and the raising of a towering totem as a lasting reminder of what once was.

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This Was the Time, Eugene Boyko, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Eugene Boyko
  • producer
    Eugene Boyko
  • photography
    Eugene Boyko
  • executive producer
    William Brind
  • script
    Jacques Bensimon
  • editing
    Jacques Bensimon
  • sound
    Bev Davidson
  • sound editing
    Les Halman
  • narrator
    James Carney
  • re-recording
    Roger Lamoureux

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