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The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters

Directed by Christine Welsh
Canada, 2000 (documentary, 52 minutes, colour / black and white, English)
The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"For almost a century, the Coast Salish knitters of southern Vancouver Island have produced Cowichan sweaters from handspun wool. These distinctive sweaters are known and loved around the world, but the Indigenous women who make them remain largely invisible. Combining rare archival footage with the voices of three generations of woolworkers, The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters tells the tale of unsung heroines—resourceful women who knit to put food on the table and keep their families alive. Written and directed by Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh, this is a story of courage and cultural transformation—a celebration of the threads that connect the past to the future."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Christine Welsh
Produced by: Christine Welsh, Colleen Craig, Gillian Darling Kovanic, Ian Herring, Graydon McCrea
Cinematography: Randy Woolgar
Film Editing: Barton Hewett
Music: Bruce Ruddell
Production Company: Prairie Girl Films, National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
(sources)

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