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Tracey Deer grew up on the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake with two very firm but unspoken rules drummed into her by the collective force of the community. These rules were very simple and they carried severe repercussions: 1) Do not marry a white person, 2) Do not have a child with a white person.

The consequences of ignoring these rules were equally simple: 1) Lose all status as an Indigenous person and, 2) Deny your unborn child their status as a Indigenous person. The larger tragedy, of course, was that by breaking either of these rules, she would be depleting the growth of ?the Nation? and, by extension, betraying everyone she loved.

In Club Native, Deer looks deeply into the history and present-day reality of Indigenous identity. With moving stories from a range of characters from her Kahnawake Reserve - characters on both sides of the critical blood-quantum line - she reveals the divisive legacy of more than a hundred years of discriminatory and sexist government policy and reveals the lingering ?blood quantum? ideals, snobby attitudes and outright racism that threaten to destroy the fabric of her community.

2008, 78 min 10 s

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Canada Award
Gemini Awards
November 14 2009, Calgary - Canada

Best Documentary
Dreamspeakers International Indigenous Film Festival
June 18 to 21 2009, Edmonton - Canada

Honourable Mention for the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award
Imagine Native Film + Media Arts Festival
October 15 to 19 2008, Toronto - Canada

Kodak-Vision Globale Award for Best Canadian Film
First Peoples' Festival (Land InSights)
June 11 to 22 2008, Montréal - Canada

Colin Low Award for Best Canadian Documentary- accompanied by a $3,000 contribution in the form of NFB technical services
Doxa - Documentary Film and Video Festival
May 27 to June 1 2008, Vancouver - Canada