'Qatuwas: People Gathering Together
For thousands of years the great ocean-going canoe sustained the cultural and spiritual traditions of coastal First Nations. Yet this century has seen the virtual disappearance of these sacred vessels. In the 1980's, Native peoples of the Northwest Coast embarked on an emotional voyage of rediscovery. Reclaiming their ancient maritime heritage, they carved majestic canoes from cedars that wre living hundreds of years before Europeans arrived in the Pacific Northwest.
Lakwalogwa (Barb Cranmer) is an award-winning writer, director and documentary film
producer. She is 'Namgis, co-founder of Culture Shock Interactive Gallery, active in band and treaty politics, and lives in Alert Bay. Her films are:
I'tusto "To Rise Again"
chronicles the re-building of the ceremonial Bighouse in Alert Bay. Barb focuses on the ongoing cultural significance of bighouses to the Kwakwaka'wakw peoples.
T'lina "The Rendering of Wealth" documents the traditional eulachon (or "oolichan") fishery on the British Columbia coast and its cultural and economic significance to the Kwakwaka'wakw peoples.
Qatuwas "People Gathering Together"
show cases the rebirth of the Northwest Coast canoe culture.
Gwishalaayt "The Spirit Wraps Around"
featuring the art form of Chilkat weaving told by six First Nations weavers from coastal British Columbia, Alaska and the Yukon.
Laxwesa Wa "Strength of the River"
documents the native fishery on the British Columbia Coast.
'Namegan's Om Dlu'Wans Awinagwisex "We Are One With The Land"
highlights our people's journey to our Land in the Summer of 2009.