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A series of still images follows master Stl’atl’imx (Líl¿wat) basket maker Mathilda Jim, from the harvesting of materials to the creation of a functional work of art. Told in the Lil¿wat7úl language, this short documentary evokes the powerful connection between language, knowledge and culture.

This short is part of the L’il’wata series. In the early 1970s, at the outset of her documentary career, Alanis Obomsawin visited the Stl’atl’imx (Líl¿wat) Nation, an Interior Salish First Nation in British Columbia, and created a series of shorts that provide personal narratives about their culture, histories and knowledge.

Remastered on DVD in 2009.

1975, 07 min 46 s

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