Yakonnhéhkwen (It Sustains Her)

Yakonnhéhkwen (It Sustains Her)

  • 2019 -
  • 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
  • - 16 m 49 s

Yakonnhéhkwen is a Kenyen’kéha word meaning ‘it sustains her’. Ann found healing in the rare traditional Iroquoian art form of black ash basketry. She also became keenly aware that her ancestors were there to show her the way. This is a short film about the depression that brought her to the brink of suicide and her journey home, back to her culture and learning to truly value herself as an Onkwehonwe woman and artist.

Screening Information
Docos Under The Skin

3:30 PM
Sunday 27 September 2020


Memorial Hall, 
Main Street, Ōtaki

  • Language English
  • Subtitle English
  • Indigenous Nation Kanyen'kehá:ka (Mohawk Nation)
  • Country Canada
  • Director Tyotsi'tsyatyerenhton (Candace) Maracle
  • Indigenous Key Creative Bio Candace Maracle: is Wolf Clan from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. An award-winning filmmaker and journalist, she graduated with her master’s degree in journalism from Ryerson University where she received the CanWest Scholarship for Aboriginal Youth in Broadcast Journalism and the James H. Carter Memorial Scholarship. Her work as a journalist includes reporting for the APTN’s National News and producing for CBC Radio’s “The Current” and “As It Happens.” Her first documentary, “The Creator’s Game: The Quest for Gold and the Fight for Nationhood” addresses the issue of Indigenous sovereignty through the game of lacrosse and is broadcast in the U.S. and on Australian television. She is studying Kenyenké’ha, her native tongue, which is also an endangered language so that she can include her Native tongue in her work. Her latest documentary, “The Grandfather of All Treaties,” premiered at the 2015 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival to a sold-out audience and is currently taught in schools and universities. Candace has been working as a media artist with The Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts program for three years advancing curriculum in First Nation’s’ schools through digital media and she speaks regularly about her work on Reporting In Indigenous Communities. In 2017 she was an honoured laureate of The Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL Indigenous Art Award.
  • Producer Tyotsi'tsyatyerenhton (Candace) Maracle
  • Premiere New Zealand Premiere