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Five very different tales of the Prairies are presented here, ranging from a comic look at ethnic prejudices to a tribute to the women who settled the west. Titles include: Great Grand Mother: The women who settled the Prairies, from early immigration to the victory of being the first women in Canada to receive the provincial vote (28 min. 47 sec.); Shipbuilder: The story of Tom Sukanen, an eccentric Finnish immigrant who homesteaded in Saskatchewan in the 1920s and '30s and built a huge iron ship that was to carry him back to his native Finland (6 min. 5 sec.); Pies: How a conflict is resolved between Mrs. Cherwak who is Polish and owns a cow, and Mrs. Meuser who is German and does not appreciat the cow's inevitable by-product (12 min. 50 sec.); Prairie Album: A woman's memories of her childhood on a Prairie farm during the Depression are illustrated with watercolours by artist/filmmaker Blake James that describe a family's struggle to survive despite drought and poverty (14 min. 47 sec.); and Gopher Broke: A Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant confronts a group of people who plan to join the protest march to Ottawa against the wage of twenty cents a day paid by the government to the unemployed in federal labour camps during the Depression (24 min. 3 sec.).

1987, 86 min 32 s

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