Journey Through Fear

Dennis Jackson

1997, 05:34 minutes, colour, English/Cree


This animated story follows an old Aboriginal mushom (grandfather) as he checks his week’s worth of traps while hunting along the shoreline. As he ventures out with his dogsled team, he reflects on how he got to where he is. The expansion of communities has pushed his trapline further north just as his father's before him.

On his journey he stops to collect shoreline grass for his trapline bait. There, he sees a headless moose carcass and several footprints in the blood-smeared snow. He continues on to check his rabbit snares when he hears gunfire in the distance. After collecting a white jackrabbit, he urges his huskies onto a frozen lake.

While at the fishing hole he encounters a large black bear jumping out from the shoreline. His only chance is to run to the sled to get his rifle. The faster he runs, the closer the bear gets. As he nears the sled, he trips over the fish net and looks back at the charging bear. Suddenly, a gun shot is heard as the bear falls to the ice lifeless.

The old man still sitting by his sled looks to where the shots were fired from to see that the American hunters who killed the moose had ironically saved his life. The man quickly collects his fish and leaves before the hunters approach as they call out to the old man.

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