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CD: 40 Million Salmon Can't be Wrong

40 Million Salmon Can’t Be Wrong weaves together songs, stories, art images and science in an electrifying stage show that helps people understand how we can bring back our wild salmon to historical levels of abundance. Acclaimed singer/songwriters Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright, are joined onstage by the Wilds band (Shawn Soucy-drums, Brian Newcombe-bass, Bill Sample-keyboards, Andreas Schuld-guitar), renowned storyteller and artist Roy Henry Vickers and ocean ecologist Russ George.

The collapse of wild salmon runs is closely tied to the collapse of ocean plankton pastures. This was profoundly demonstrated by the eruption of Kastochi volcano in 2008, its dusting of the ocean pastures with mineral-rich volcanic ash, and the return of 40 million sockeye to the Fraser River in 2010.

Authenticity Note: Some, but limited, Indigenous contribution, such as from artist Roy Henry Vickers.

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CD: Heartflight - Visions of Ten Moons (Spirits Are Born)

Outstanding, best seller, original contemporary Native American flute music. Seductive guitar, synthesizer, and ambient sounds which invites you on a dynamic and exhilarating musical journey. Experience the power, drama and magic of this spirited Journey.

$19.95

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CD: Inuit Songs & Stories, Learn How to Throat Sing

What an amazing NEW resource this is!

Learn how to throat sing with this amazing tutorial. Six sample tracks are provided to practice along with.

Then, sit back and enjoy an oral retelling of the Kaugjagjuk story told by one of Canada's most renowned Inuit storytellers, Michael Kusugak.

Tracks include:
Ajanikippi
Introduction to Throat Singing
Tutorial (learn How to Throat Sing)
The Saw
The Mosquito With Jaw Harp
Geese
Polar Bear and the Wolf
Qimmiruluapik, Poor Little Puppy
Love Song
Kaugjagjuk Story - English version
Kaugjagjuk Story - Inuktitut version

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CD: La Mer Des Salish

Les chansons de la mer Salish CD ont été traduits en français par Marie Payette chutes et enregistrées par 400 étudiants à l'Ecole Pauline Johnson à West Vancouver . Le CD a été lancé lors d'un concert triomphal avec Holly et la bande de rêve au Théâtre Centennial de North Vancouver. Tout le monde chantait "Continuer de chanter la mer des Salish !" Un soutien supplémentaire est venue de Canadian Parents for français.

The songs from the Salish Sea CD were translated into French by Marie Payette Falls and recorded by 400 students at Ecole Pauline Johnson in West Vancouver. The CD was launched at a triumphant concert with Holly and the Dream Band at the North Vancouver Centennial Theatre. Everyone was singing: “Continue de chanter la mer des Salish!” Additional support came from Canadian Parents for French.

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$20.00

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CD: Le Cycle De La Vie

Les chansons du cycle de la vie/Recyclage CD ont été traduits en français par Sylvain Archambault, et réalisée par des étudiants de l'Ecole Porter Street à Vancouver, Ecole Aylmer/St Marks à Gatineau, au Québec, et de l'Ecole St Luc à Calgary.

Le musicien canadien et auteur-compositeur, Holly Arntzen, découvert à un âge précoce une passion pour la musique et du spectacle. Après des études de cor français classique en Tchécoslovaquie, elle tourna son attention à l'utilisation de ses talents vocaux incroyables au service de la sensibilisation du public à propos de l'environnement et de la nécessité pour nous tous de la protéger.


The songs from the Cycle of Life/Recycle CD have been translated into French by Sylvain Archambault, and performed by students from Ecole Porter Street in Vancouver, Ecole Aylmer/St Marks in Gatineau, Quebec, and Ecole St Luke in Calgary.

Canadian musician and songwriter, Holly Arntzen, discovered at an early age a passion for music and performing. After studying classical French horn in Czechoslovakia she turned her attention to using her incredible vocal talents in the service of raising public awareness about the environment and the need for all of us to protect it.

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CD: The Cycle of Life

Orcas, bears, salmon, snakes, bison, frogs, songbirds, turtles, cedar trees and many other organisms at risk inhabit these songs, which are performed by Holly and the Dream Band, along with 2800 students from nine schools in Victoria and Vancouver. Orca Baby was written in response to the question: How do you explain extinction to a baby?

Endangered Species points out that humans like to live in the same places as wildlife…which is why so many of them are at risk. Salmon Circle celebrates the ancient cycle of life that has sustained ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest for millennia. Landfill Blues is a raunchy anthem to recycling, reducing, refusing…and to the worms and wasps that do the dirty work of biological decomposition. Recycling a beverage container is an action within the power of a child that helps endangered species.

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CD: Winds of Change

The Sky Singers join Holly Arntzen to sing about climate change. 1,600 students from Dunsmuir Middle School, and Glen Lake, Uplands, Macaulay and Keating elementary schools join Arntzen and the Dream Band (musicians Sinclair, Boyle, and Roessingh) in delivering messages about global warming, with songs such as "Arctic Dragonfly," "Roses in the Winter," and "Winds of Change." Environment Canada provided support.

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DVD: A Good Day to Die - Dennis Banks & The American Indian Movement

A Good Day to Die chronicles a movement that started a revolution and inspired a nation. By recounting the life story of Dennis Banks (The Last of the Mohicand, War Party), the Native American who co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968 to advocate and protect the rights of American Indians, the film provides an in-depth look at the history and issues surrounding AIM's formation. From the forced assimilation of Native Americans within boarding schools, to discrimination by law enforcement authorities, to neglect by government officials responsible for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, AIM sought redress for the many grievances that its people harboured.

Banks' personal struggle culminated in major armed confrontations at Custer, South Dakota and Wounded Knee climactic flash points which saw him standing steadfast as a leader for his cause. Bittersweet and compelling, A Good Day to Die charts the rise and fall of a movement that fought for the civil rights of American Indians.

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$42.95

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DVD: Métis Women’s Traditional Arts Series

Grade Level: All Ages

Narrators: Penny Condon, Anna Flaminio, and Cheryl Troupe

To showcase and celebrate the artistic talents of Métis women, the Gabriel Dumont Institute produced The Métis Women’s Traditional Arts Series. This DVD contains the four-video series, which provides in-depth instruction and direction in the production of various forms of Métis cultural expression.

Aen Kroshay aen tapee avec mi gineey: Métis Hooked Rugs

Margaret Harrison, and her mother, Adeline Pelletier dite Racette, provide the viewer with step-by-step instructions on how to make a hooked rug. As well, Margaret and Adeline share their stories about living on a road allowance in the Qu’Appelle Valley in southern Saskatchewan.

Mashnikwawchikun avec la sway di fil: Métis Silk Embroidery

With instruction from Margaret Harrison, viewers have the opportunity to learn basic embroidery stitches, and receive direction in working with patterns, designs, needles, and fabrics. Margaret also shares her experiences and thoughts on the importance of preserving and promoting this traditional Métis art form.

En saencheur flechey: Métis Fingerweaving

Combining Aboriginal fingerweaving techniques with European materials, the sash remains an integral and highly symbolic aspect of Métis identity. In this video, Penny Condon provides fingerweaving lessons to grade seven and eight students from St. Frances School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Our Shared Inheritance: Traditional Métis Beadwork

This documentary discusses the Métis beading tradition of Cumberland House, Saskatchewan, and centres on Isabelle Impey and her efforts to preserve Métis beadwork. It also provides instructions on how to bead and make moccasins.

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$24.95

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DVD: Muffins for Granny

The sad history of the Canadian government`s residential school program has had a profound effect on First Nations peoples across the country. For filmmaker Nadia McLaren, it's personal history as well; her Ojibway grandmother was forced into a residential school and its repercussions have echoed through her family. Looking to understand her loving but troubled grandmother, McLaren interviews seven First Nations elders about their experiences in residential schools. Mixing stark animated moments with human faces and home movie footage, Muffins For Granny is a raw and honest documentary about a difficult chapter in Canadian history — a chapter that, for some, is not over.

Optional French subtitles.

$40.95

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DVD: Native America - Tales of a Proud People

This comprehensive box set includes three documentary series, each of which explores Native American history from a unique angle and perspective. Contents include: The Great Indian Wars, Trail of Tears: A Native American Documentary Collection, and Native America - Voices From the Land.

The Great Indian Wars - 235 mins
With Coronado's expedition to the Great Plains in 1540, a series of battles between European settlers, the military and civilian forces of the US and the Native American Indians began and ultimately tens of thousands of lives were lost on both sides. The Battle of Tippicanoe, of Little Big Horn were some of the most important conflicts that led up to the last massacre, the Battle of Wounded Knee, where America's landscape would be forever changed!

Native America: Voices from the Land - 588 mins
This compelling documentary collection examines Native North-American culture, past and present, and its attempts to halt assimilation and retain native cultural traditions. Through historical and contemporary photographs, paintings, artwork, and history of America's aboriginal people is showcased across 32 unique and important features.

Trail of Tears - 263 mins
This harrowing and compelling complication of 4 award-winning documentary programs chronicles the struggles of the Native American culture from the forced relocation known as the Trail of Tears to the current issues faced by America's aboriginal people. The four documentaries include:
- Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy
- Black Indians: An American History
- Native American Healing in the 21st Century
- Our Spirit's Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School

Authenticity Note: This DVD notes that it stars Native Americans.

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DVD: Native Art of Canada

This unique style of art is brought to life in this beautifully shot video. View traditional masks and carvings, each one unique and individual. See the contemporary style of Native art, represented in beautiful paintings and stunning jewelry carved in gold, silver and sparkling diamonds.

 

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DVD: Older Than America

A woman's haunting visions reveal a Catholic priest's sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that took place at her Native American boarding school. A contemporary drama of suspense, Older Than America focuses on the lasting impact of the cultural genocide that occurred at such schools.

This film was inspired by events from Georgina Lightning's life, and the lives of her family members and community.

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$46.95

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DVD: Rabbit Proof Fence

Rabbit-Proof Fence - featuring the Golden Globe - nominated score by Peter Gabriel - is the powerful true story of hope and survival, and has been met with international acclaim! At a time when it was Australian government policy to train aboriginal children as domestic workers and integrate then into white society, young Molly Craig decides to lead her little sister and cousin in a daring escape from their internment camp. Molly and the girls, part of what would become known as Australia's a Stolen Generation, must then elude the authorities on a dangerous 1,500-mile adventure along the rabbit-proof fence that bisects the continent and will lead them home. As shown by this outstanding motion picture, their universally touching plight and unparalleled courage are a beautiful testament to the undying strength of the human spirit.

Authenticity Note: Includes some Aboriginal Australian contributions, such as the acting of Everlyn Sampi, and is inspired by the book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara.  Therefore, this film has received the Authentic Indigenous Artwork label.  It is up to viewers to determine if this will work as an authentic resource for their purposes.

 

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$19.95

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DVD: Steps in Time II - Métis Dance & Instruction
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;

Grade Level: All Ages


Choreographer: Jeanne Pelletier
“The Métis Thunder” Dancers: Jeannine Pelletier-Banin, Paul Banin,
Kim Kovacs, Wilfred Burton, Erin Kramer, Russ Fayant, Michael Racette,
Derek Racette, Megan Shiplack, and Nicole Morrow
Music: Brian Sklar, Joe Schultz, Wayne Kuntz, and Garry Lepine
Producer/Director: Don List, Birdsong Communications
Format: DVD, Approximately 70 minutes

Jeanne Pelletier’s Steps in Time II instructs people of all ages the intricate steps of the “Red River Jig”, and square dancing moves and holds. It includes three reels of the “Quadrille” and “la danse du crochet.” A conversation with Jeanne outlines her history as a dance instructor and caller, and why dance is important. Also included on this DVD is the original Steps in Time from 1989, which teaches dancers the “Duck Dance,” some basic Métis dance steps, fancy jig steps, and the “Rabbit Dance.”

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$25.00

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