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Cree Hunters of Mistassini

Cree Hunters

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by Boyce Richardson and Tony Ianzelo
produced by National Film Board of Canada
color, 59 min, 1974





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For thousands of years, the Cree Indians of James Bay inhabited the northern Quebec forests - originally gathering wild rice, and later hunting, fishing, and trapping. Traditionally, small groups of families spent the winter months together in the bush, subsisting on moose, beaver, deer, wild geese and caribou.

In 1973 a film crew joined three families in their annual move to the north. In this film we come to know the Blacksmiths, the Jollys, and the Voyageurs: building a one-room lodge floored with pine boughs, hunting, trapping, preparing food and skins, and living together in the bush.


Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Winner, Canada Flaherty Award
American Film Festival Finalist



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