The Gift

The Gift

Ever since it was first nurtured from a grass by the Maya, corn has held a sacred place in the lives of Indigenous peoples in the Amercas. Before colonization, corn was widely used as a beverage, a food staple, an oil and a ceremonial object. It was respected and revered as a critical part of creation. The Gift explores the powerful bond and spiritual relationship that continues to exist between people and corn. The video begins in North America on the traditional lands of the Six Nations Confederacy (in southern Ontario and northern New York state) where we witness the planting of the corn and all the work and humour that accompany the community harvest. Next we travel to southern Mexico, from San Cristobal to the lowlands of the rain forests for the green corn and seed corn harvests. Mayan culture is inconceivable without corn--and NAFTA's threat to the the Maya's right to grow maize became a central issue in the Zapatista uprisings. Through interviews, dance and song, The Gift is a beautiful exploration of the intertwined lives of people and corn, capturing the traditional, spiritual, economic and political importance of this sacred plant.

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Citation

Main credits

Farmer, Gary (film director)
Krepakevich, Jerry (film producer)

Other credits

Editor, Su Rynard; cinematography, Alan Lawrence, Alexis Hurtado.


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Distributor subjects

Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Agriculture, Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Lifestyles, Agriculture - Crops - Cultivation and Harvesting, Agriculture - Foreign Countries, Agriculture - Rural Life, Developing Countries - Indigenous Peoples, Developing Countries - Agriculture, Food and Nutrition, Developing Countries - Central America and the Caribbean, Foreign Countries - United States, Documentary

Keywords

Corn; Agriculture, Indigenous Peoples in Canada; Crops; Rural Life; Developing Countries; Indigenous Peoples; Food; Nutrition; Central America; "Gift, The"; National Film Board of Canada

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