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Circle of the Sun

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At the 1956 gathering of the Káínaa of Alberta, the exciting spectacle of the Sun Dance was captured on film for the first time. The film examines Káínaa culture and spirituality, showing how the theme of the circle reflects their connection to wildlife, and addresses the predicament of the young generation--those who have relinquished their ties with their own culture but have not yet found a firm place in a changing world.


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Diploma of Honour and Trophy
Festival international du film de tourisme
June 1 1967, Tarbes - France

Best Film
Film Festival
July 1 to August 14 1963, Victoria - Canada

First Prize - Category: General
Yorkton Film Festival
October 15 to 17 1962, Yorkton - Canada

Best Film on Folklore
Festival of Tourist and Folklore Films
September 27 to October 4 1962, Brussels - Belgium

Silver Oak Leaf - First Prize - Category: Documentary
International Children's Film Festival
September 21 to 30 1962, La Plata - Argentina

First Prize - Category: Tourist Films
Electronic, Nuclear and Teleradio cinematographic Review
June 11 to 24 1962, Rome - Italy

Award of Merit - Category: General Information
Genie Awards
May 26 1962, Toronto - Canada

Honorable Mention
SODRE International Festival of Documentary and experimental Films
May 2 1962, Montevideo - Uruguay

Honourable Mention
Festival dei Popoli / International Film Festival on Social Documentary
December 12 to 18 1960, Florence - Italy