Pete Standing Alone has come full-circle in his dedication to preserving the traditional ways of his people on the Blood reserve in Southern Alberta. His 50 year journey from cultural alienation to pride and belonging has been uniquely captured by the NFB in the Pete Standing Alone Trilogy.
Beginning with Colin Low's iconic 1960 film Circle of the Sun (1960) audiences are introduced to Pete as a young man, disinterested in the traditional ways of his people and predicting the imminent death of the sacred Sundance.
When Colin returns to film Standing Alone in 1982, Pete has transformed into a man determined to sustain to his people's sense of identity and knowledge of ceremony.
In Round Up (2010) director Narcisse Blood follows Pete – now an elder, teacher and community leader – in his efforts to teach youth the traditional ways and rebuild the cultural and spiritual decimation wrought by residential schools. Over the span of his lifetime, Pete has witnessed First Nations people take back their sense of identity, pride and self-determination. In his own words: "It is our duty and responsibility as Blood Indians to keep our ways going."
Read an interview with filmmaker Narcisse Blood on the NFB.ca blog.
The Ballad of Crowfoot
Off to School
PowWow at Duck Lake
Encounter with Saul Alinksy: Part 2: Rama Indian Reserve
Gil Cardinal Playlist: The Aboriginal Voice
Alanis Obomsawin Retrospective
Aboriginal Peoples Channel
Click here to download the Round Up educator guide.