COWBOYS, INDIANS AND EDUCATION: Regenerating Secwepemc Culture and Language

Celia Haig-Brown and Helen Haig-Brown

2012, 30:33 minutes, colour, English


This film follows the children and grandchildren of former Kamloops Indian Residential School students as they work to regenerate traditional knowledge in their current contexts. It explores the tensions encountered as activists, educators, a poet and a rodeo family each work to find an uncompromising balance between ensuring culture and language live on while deploying Western literacies to accomplish their goals. Four families of the great Secwepemc Nation in British Columbia share their perspectives with the audience. Filmmaker Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in Nation), herself the daughter of a former student, works her cinematographic magic to deliver their messages for all those committed to regenerating cultures. The work is a collaboration with Helen’s aunt, writer and scholar, Celia Haig-Brown.

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