Cedar Tree of Life

Cedar Tree of Life

  • 2018 -
  • Bingo Captioned Charter Docos Under The Skin Documentary Drama For My Fathers Kingdom Fukry Huahua Impact Kia Manawanui Long Time No Sea MFF2020 MRFF NATIVE Slam V Nga Matauranga Nga Putake Nga Raurekau Patutiki Sembradoras de Vida Short Documentary Short Drama Shorts Wairua Shorts Whakapapa Whanau Whenua
  • - 10 minutes

Three Indigenous women hold knowledge of Cedar passed down from their grandmothers and mothers. They commune with this sacred tree as they practice and share their culture and art in both traditional and contemporary contexts. Cedar is a life-giver. Cedar is a transformer. Cedar, Tree of Life reveals how each woman uses the material/medicine of Cedar and how Cedar expresses itself through them. From garments, to homes, to a burial material for those who have passed on, Cedar was and is inextricably linked to all aspects of life for Salish peoples.

Screening Information
Whakapapa Shorts

12:30 PM
Sunday 27 September 2020
Māoriland Hub

  • Indigenous Nation Kluane First Nation, Muskoday First Nation, Lil'wat First Nation
  • Country Canada
  • Director Odessa Shuquaya
  • Director Bio Odessa Shuquaya is a citizen of the Kluane First Nation in Yukon and now lives in the unceded territories of ?s?lil?w?ta??, X?m??kw?y??m, & S?wx?wú7meshsi Nations. Odessa holds a BFA in Theatre from UBC as well as certificates in Indigenous filmmaking and cinematography from Capilano University. She has been pursuing her own vision through narrative storytelling, documentary and theatre. Odessa’s short films have been screened all over the world and broadcast on APTN and CBC.
  • Producer April Johnson
  • Premiere Status New Zealand Premiere
  • Awards "Best Canadian Short Documentary - Edmonton Film Festival Best Cinematography - Reel Sisters of the Diaspora, New York Best Direction - The Buddha International Film Festival, India"