Nikamowin (Song)

Kevin Lee Burton

2007, 11:15 minutes, colour, Cree / English


A linguistic soundscape comprised of the deconstruction and reconstruction of Cree narration dances with various manipulated landscapes. This audio-visual experiment begs questions of how languages exist, emerge, and survive. It is obvious that the altered and constructed Cree that the director ‘speaks’ in this film is not one that conforms to the traditional constructs of the Cree language, but it does resonate deep enough to make us feel like we are hearing something that we truly understand – a message that begs lost language speakers to hear their inner song of pride so they can bring back the language that lives alone waiting in the darks of their spirits.

Kevin Lee Burton is an award winning director, producer, and editor who is Swampy Cree from God’s Lake Narrows, Manitoba. In his directorial works he has designed a niche by specifically working in his ancestral tongue, Cree.

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