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The Trapper Family Tradition: An Heirloom Film

The Trapper Family Tradition: An Heirloom Film

November 18, 2014 | Client projects | by Josh

The traditions and culture in many aboriginal communities found across Canada are at risk of disappearing forever. We traveled to Lake Kattawagami to create an heirloom film for the Trapper family, a Cree First Nations family living in northern Ontario.

Today, we live in a culture that relies heavily on knowing what the next best thing will be. With the exponential growth and changes in society every day and its correlation with success, the actions and decisions we make are often heavily grounded on the ability to predict trends and be forward thinking. I myself am no different – always obsessed and wanting to know the latest and greatest in technology and art. However, on a recent trip to film a Cree First Nations family in northern Ontario, something made me think that our modern obsession with the future may have created a generation that knows very little about our past.

The traditions and culture in many aboriginal communities found across Canada are dying. With the conveniences and pressures of modern society affecting the priorities and lifestyles of young members of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, families such as the Trappers are finding it ever so important to pass down the traditions and skills that have defined them for generations.

With our clients Detour Gold, the Silverpoint team traveled to Lake Kattawagami, 149km north of Cochrane, to create an heirloom film for the Trapper family. We documented their traditional process of hide tanning and the making of crafts such as gloves and moccasins. In addition to learning the step-by-step process of hide tanning, we also shed light on the importance of learning one’s history and culture, and the risk of losing a family or community’s identity.

Let’s continue Silverpoint’s monthly challenge of passing down generational knowledge introduced in last week’s UHS post. Go and talk to your grandparents, parents, aunts, or uncles, and learn something new about your family history or traditions. Share with us what you’ve learned by tagging us on twitter @silverpointers with the hash tag #SMIgenerations or leave a comment below.

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