Dancing With Naango

Kelsey Diamond, Sharon Isaac and Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film and The Film Farm

2018, 03:17 minutes, B&W, English, Ojibwe, with Closed Captions in English and Ojibwe

TAPECODE 2108.00

Dancing with Naango is a short film about my daughter’s journey as a Jingle Dress dancer. She takes the viewer through her journey of regaining her culture as she works on relearning her traditions. The film, Dancing with Naango, is my daughter’s dedication to her Great Grandmother Naango (Star). The film is an oral and visual retelling of why she dances and how important it is for her to regain and maintain her Ojibwa traditions.

Through the black and white film she retells her story about growing up as a dancer. First as a small child when she danced with the joy of youth, then when received her Anishnaabe name and colors as she began her journey as a Jingle dress dancer.

Okay (Prayer for Kelsey)
I am Star Woman
I am a beautiful woman
I carry traditions
It is first priority of my life journey
I am daughter
How are you?
My name is Little Star Woman.
I am from Saugeen.

The film was produced during Saugeen Takes on Film, a Film Farm and Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film workshop with artists, storytellers, knowledge keepers, and youth from the community. The workshop was held in collaboration with Saugeen First Nation Employment and Training Centre, and funded by the Ontario Arts Council and SSHRC through Archive/Counter Archive.

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