Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  8 minutes
Date:  2008
Genre:  Essayistic
Language:  English
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Writing the Land

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A meditation on language, culture, and tradition couched in the bustle of modern-day Vancouver.

Writing the Land

The Musqueam people have lived for thousands of years in and around what is now the city of Vancouver. (The word Musqueam is an anglicized term describing 'where the Muxqui [river grass] grows.') Director Kevin Lee Burton's new film Writing the Land meticulously combines film language with Hunkamenum words to recreate Musqueam elder Larry Grant's experience of rediscovering his language and cultural traditions. Fluid roaming camera movement captures the ever-changing nature of a modern city - the glass and steel towers cut against the sky, grass, trees and a sudden flash of birds in flight. In this mutable, multifaceted environment, the enduring power of language to shape perception and create memory is etched onto the wind and water. In Larry Grant's own words, 'I am from Musqueam...We have been here forever.'

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Citation

Main credits

Burton, Kevin Lee (film director)
Jacob, Selwyn J. (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematographer, Helen Haig-Brown; editors, Helen Haig-Brown, Eliot Piltz; music, Leela Gilday, The Be Good Tanyas.


Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Canada
Languages
Languages and Literature
Indigenous Studies

Distributor subjects

Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Cultural Identity, Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Education, Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Legends and Literature, Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Portraits, Literature and Language - Canada - Language Issues, Literature and Language - Canada - Indigenous Writers, Documentary

Keywords

Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Cultural Identity, Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Education, Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Legends and Literature, Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Portraits, Literature and Language - Canada - Language Issues, Literature and Language - Canada - Indigenous Writers, Documentary; "Writing the Land"; National Film Board of Canada

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