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César's Bark Canoe / César et son Canot d'écorce

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Building a canoe solely from the materials that the forest provides may become a lost art, even among the Indigenous Peoples whose traditional craft it is. In this film, Cesar Newashish, a sixty-seven-year-old Atikamekw of the Manowan Reserve north of Montreal, builds a canoe in the old way, using only birch bark, cedar splints, spruce roots and gum. With a sure hand he works methodically to fashion a craft unsurpassed in function or beauty of design. The film is without commentary but text frames appear on the screen in Cree, French and English. Film without words.

1971, 57 min 52 s

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Festival international du film artisanal
November 16 1978, New York - USA