Indian History Film Project

Indian History Film Project

 

The original intent of The Indian History Film Project was to conduct interviews with First Nations elders across Canada and to produce a television series portraying Canadian history from a First Nations' perspective.

Major funding was provided by the Donner Foundation with additional funding from the Devonian and McLean foundations, and support from the University of Regina.

The Indian History Film Project was an initiative of Direction Films and was conceived and developed by Tony Snowsill. The project leaders were Tony Snowsill and Christine Welsh. The project evolved over time, and eventually it was decided to access libraries and archives across the country to incorporate existing interviews with First Nations elders. All interviews, whether original or archival, were cross indexed by word and theme and housed in the C.P.R.C.

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This collection has been created by the Dr. John Archer Library on behalf of the Canadian Plains Research Centre. The contact person in the CPRC is Brian Mlazgar and in the library it is Donald Johnson.

Recent Submissions

  • Mandelbaum, D.G. (Dr.); Coming Day (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1935-07-17)
    Consists of an interview about a creation myth and some healing practices of medicine men.
  • Mandelbaum, D.G. (Dr.); Paskimin "Burst Berry" (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1935-07-30)
    Consists of an interview where he gives an account of an unidentified skirmish between the Cree and the Blackfoot.
  • Mandelbaum, D.G. (Dr.); Fine Day (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1935-08-06)
    Consists of an interview where he gives a description of punishment for violation of the hunting code. He also gives a brief description of saddle making.
  • Mandelbaum, D.G. (Dr.); Fine Day (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1935-07-11)
    Consists of an interview with Fine Day where he gives an account of fighting between Cree and Blackfoot.
  • Mandelbaum, D.G. (Dr.); Fine Day (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1935-07-09)
    Consists of an interview with Fine Day where he gives a very general description of traditional lifestyle.
  • Mandelbaum, D.G. (Dr.); Fine Day (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1935-06-25)
    Consists of an interview where he gives a brief description of curing practices. He also lists Cree words for various bones and organs.
  • Mandelbaum, D.G. (Dr.); Fine Day (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1934-08-20)
    Consists of an interview where Fine Day gives a description of death customs, a description of the construction of tipis and talks about the ceremonialism associated with their use.
  • Eagle, Margaret; Sit, Evelyn (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1983-07-27)
    Consists of an interview where she gives an account of the preparation and tanning of hides.
  • Tobacco, Lawrence; Welsh, Christine; Snowsill, Tony (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1983-06-20)
    Lawrence Tobacco, born 1919, on the Poor Man Reserve, Saskatchewan He attended a residential school and is now involved in traditional education and counseling. He talks about farming and raising cattle on the Poor Man ...
  • Ladue, Ada (Mrs.); Welsh, Christine; Nightraveller, Beatrice (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1983-06-15)
    Ada Ladu was born on the Mistawasis Reserve, worked for wages in the 1930s, married and mother of five. Beatrice Nightraveller, daughter of Josie Cuthand, was born on the Little Pine Reserve, Saskatchewan, worked for ...
  • Duquette, Joe; Welsh, Christine; Snowsill, Tony (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1983-06-17)
    Joe Duquette, born 1904, on Mistawasis Reserve, never attended school, completely self-educated. Now Senator of F.S.I. and involved in teaching and counselling young people. He tells the story of his arranged marriage.
  • Ahenakew, Lizette; Welsh, Christine (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1983-06-21)
    She was born on the Little Pine Reserve, the first girl from that reserve to attend high school. She tells of some childhood memories; naming ceremonies; significance of Indian names; the training of children, especially ...
  • Buffalo, Samuel (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1977-09-14)
    He gives a description of raising and educating children; tells a story of a spirit helping two children; and tells another story used in the teaching of children.
  • Buffalo, Samuel (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1977-09-08)
    He gives a concise history of the Dakota Sioux and their movement to Canada. COMMENTS: Mr. Buffalo makes a point to spell out all the names or words he speaks in the Dakota language. All the spellings come from his reference.
  • Buffalo, Samuel (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1977-08-30)
    He gives a description of the difficulties encountered on reserves and the efforts made to combat them.
  • Goodvoice, Robert; Reydon, Helga (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1979-10-10)
    He discusses various plants used for medicine.
  • Goodvoice, Robert; Reydon, Helga (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1979-09)
    He describes the movement of the Dakota Sioux to Canada. He also mentions various plants used for medicine
  • Goodvoice, Robert (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1977)
    He tells a story of a woman who was taken prisoner and carried off to live in an enemy camp; her treachery against her brothers and husband when they came to rescue her; how she was killed by her own mother because of her ...
  • Goodvoice, Robert (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1977-10-07)
    He tells a story about the origins of the Dakota (Sioux) guardian spirit and his powers; and how Iktomi differs from the equivalent Cree spirit power (Wisakedjak).
  • Buffalo, Samuel (Canadian Plains Research Centre, 1977-09-20)
    He discusses the mythical origins of the Dakota Sioux value system.

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