Innu Nikamu: Resist and Sing
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The origins and evolution of the Innu Nikamu Music and Aboriginal Arts Festival are intimately linked to the territorial roots of the Innu people and to the life of the Maliotenam Reserve community. For centuries past the Innu had followed a seasonal migration cycle, wintering in the northern territories for the caribou hunt and returning every summer to the north shore of the St-Lawrence. Festivities, meetings, traditional games and weddings marked the latter period, and the Festival has become the modern day reincarnation of the ancient summer celebration.
 
In more recent times Maliotenam was host to a government imposed residential school program that left an indelible scar on the community. At the school’s closing the buildings were demolished and buried in a field which was to become, a decade later in 1985, the site of Innu Nikamu. Through the music which has accompanied the Innu throughout their history, director Kevin Bacon traces the fabulous story of the founders, musicians, artisans and collaborators who ignited the hope of a community in distress, and dared to believe that the re-appropriation of their culture and their language was not an impossible challenge.  

Awards and mentions
Nomination - Meilleur film documentaire
Gala Québec Cinéma
Montréal
2019
2017
Canada
92:00
Original language
French
Innu
Subtitles
French

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Credits

Screenplay
Kevin Bacon Hervieux
Editing
Geoffrey Boulangé
Photography
Philippe St-Gelais
Sound Design
Catherine Van Der Donckt
Sound
Lynne Trépanier
Mixing
Benoît Dame
Assistant Director
Jacinthe Beaudet
Translation
Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush
Production
Ian Boyd
Andrée-Anne Frenette
Réginald Vollant
Participants
Florent Vollant
Danielle Descent
Jean-Luc Vollant
Sylvain «Putu» Vollant
Philippe Mckenzie
Kim Fontaine
Shauit
Natasha Kanapé-Fontaine
Maten
Black Wolf Singers
David Hart
Willy Mitchell
Koriass
Simple Plan

Technical information

Color
Color
Image format
16:9
Sound
Stereo
Shooting format
HD

Documentation

Further information

A television version is also available: Innu Nikamu : La grande tradition (46 minutes).

Press:

Innu Nikamu : le récit d'une longue guérison, ICI Côte-Nord, 14 février 2017.

Documentaire Innu Nikamu : La grande tradition de Kevin Bacon Hervieux, Radio-Canada, 15 février 2017.

"Innu Nikamu – La grande tradition: Le portrait lumineux d’une communauté encore ébranlée", Le Nord-Côtier, 19 février 2017.

Dans les coulisses d'Innu Nikamu : La Grande Tradition, La Fabrique Culturelle (Bureau TQc).

Entrevue avec Kevin Bacon-Hervieux - film Innu Nikamu: la grande tradition, CKIA - Voix Autochtones.

Innu Nikamu: de la scène au grand écran, ICI Grand-Montréal, 5 octobre 2017.

Keywords
First Nations, Music, Festival, Mani-Utenam, Innu, Artists

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