Meskanahk (My Path)

Kevin Lee Burton

2005, 09:00 minutes, colour, Cree with English st


Meskanahk is a video narrative of a young 'half-breed' man's journey off a Cree reserve. This video highlights the motivations that progressed his journey and the questions, regrets and fears raised on his path from childhood to adulthood. Meskanahk chronicles the plight of this young man's fears of being in situations where he was always labeled as an: 'other', and how this had propelled him to run from situation to situation. In the end, when this young man stops running, he wonders if his parents hate him for having run away.

Cultural Identifier -- Cree:
I cannot say that I chose this particular cultural identifier, nor can I say that I would chose to be other than Cree. I was born and raised a Cree boy and remain a Cree individual. Being Cree has given me a unique perspective on life. Cree as my first language has helped in understanding this world in a very different way from the mainstream; namely that things are not as linear and formulated as they appear to be.

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