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Little Thunder

Little Thunder

| 2 min
2009 13 films

Vistas - 13 short films on the theme of "nationhood". Produced by the National Film Board of Canada and APTN.


This animated short, inspired by the Mi'kmaq legend "The Stone Canoe" explores Indigenous humour. We follow Little Thunder as he reluctantly leaves his family and sets out on a cross-country canoe trip to become a man.

  • writer
    Nance Ackerman
    Alan Syliboy
  • director
    Nance Ackerman
    Alan Syliboy
  • original artwork
    Alan Syliboy
  • assistant director
    Paton Francis
  • animation
    Paton Francis
  • original music
    Nance Ackerman
    Jamie Alexander Alcorn
  • sound design
    Nance Ackerman
    Jamie Alexander Alcorn
  • recording
    Al Strickland
  • mixing
    Al Strickland
  • online editing
    Reynold Gregor
  • production supervisor
    Candice Desormeaux
  • administration
    John William Lutz
    Cyndi Forcand
  • production coordinator
    Stephanie Coolen
    Vanessa Larsen
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
    Amy Stewart Gallant
  • series producer
    Vanessa Loewen
    Joe MacDonald
  • series executive producer
    Derek Mazur
    Peter Strutt
  • producer
    Annette Clarke
  • executive producer
    Kent Martin


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Ages 10 to 13

English Language Arts - Children's Stories/Fables
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Media Education - Film Animation

Students create a story that includes motifs found in a quest story (call to adventure, encountering and overcoming barriers/obstacles, meeting mentor or wise advisor, newly gained wisdom, etc.). The finished product could be a written narrative, story told to class, storyboard, or a game that can be played. Depending on students’ level of readiness, the teacher can decide whether the class can complete work in groups or work independently.

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