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Kainayssini Imanistaisiwa: The People Go On

Directed by Loretta Todd
Canada, 2003 (documentary, 70 minutes, colour, English)
Kainayssini Imanistaisiwa: The People Go On
Image: © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"Windswept prairies, sloping coulees and stretches of open sky—this is the home of the Kainai Blood Indians, in the heart of southern Alberta. Filmmaker Loretta Sarah Todd takes viewers on a visually lush journey, exploring the significance of land, memory and knowledge in Kainai life. The catalyst for this expressionistic journey is the return of belongings of the Kainai, collected by Europeans during colonial times and kept in distant museums. As the community's elders examine the objects and share stories first-hand, they reveal how the rich threads of Kainai life thrive from one generation to the next. From their traditions and language to their sacred beliefs, this is a powerful continuum of culture that cannot be contained in a glass exhibit case. Stylistically blending sound, colour, light and words, this film explores the collective memory of the Kainai that resonates so deeply in their land and their storytelling traditions. Intertwining past, present and future, The People Go On is an eloquent testament to Kainai history, governance and existence."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Loretta Todd
Produced by: Bonnie Thompson, Graydon McCrea
Principal Cast: Nadine Tailfeathers, Garret Tailfeathers, Cammie Fox, Keelie Goodstriker
Narrator: Amethyst First Rider
Participants: Rosie Day Rider, Louise Crop Eared Wolf, Annabel Crop Eared Wolf, Frank Weasel Head, Louis Soop, Leroy Little Bear, Narcisse Blood, Josh Mountain Horse, Jonathan King, Mary Stella Bare Skin Bone, Arni Brownstone, Adam Delanay, Alfreda Delanay, Winston Day Chief, Celina Goodstriker, Rufus Goodstriker, Rosie Red Crow, Pete Standing Alone, Bruce Wolf Child, Kirsten Buckskin, Alyssha Cross Child, Brandy Little Bear, Tasha No Runner
Cinematography: René Sioui Labelle
Film Editing: Shirley Claydon
Music: Wesley Lowe
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada

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"One powerful way in which [Loretta] Todd inserted the presence of the ancestors throughout [Kainayssini Imanistaisiwa: The People Go On] was to film white flags on the prairie at dusk waving in the wind as archival photographs are projected onto them, inscribing the images of the ancestors onto the landscape. Through innovative on-screen aesthetics—interviewing people outside in the landscape, split screen panoramic vistas, and inscribing the Kainai ancestral presence on-screen—The People Go On expresses visual sovereignty and experiments with the documentary genre, articulating a new vision for Aboriginal documentary practice."
-- Kristin L. Dowell (source)

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