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Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake) Community Film Screening: How the Fiddle Flows

EVT310066

Fri Nov 24, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
60 mins

Location

Parkdale

It's high summer in southern Saskatchewan and a rollicking tune fills the night. Four master Metis fiddlers play to the tapping toes of a lively crowd.

How the Fiddle Flows follows Canada's great rivers west along the fur-trading route of the early Europeans. The newcomers introduced the fiddle to the Aboriginal people they intermarried with along the way. A generation later, their mixed-blood offspring would blend European folk tunes with First Nations rhythms to create a rich and distinct musical tradition.

From the Gaspé Peninsula, north to Hudson Bay and to the Prairies, How the Fiddle Flows reveals how a distinctive Metis identity and culture were shaped over time. Featuring soaring performances by some of Canada's best known fiddlers and step dancers and narrated by award-winning actress Tantoo Cardinal.

2002, 48 min

In partnership with Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake): NFB Indigenous Cinema on Tour.

Series

Indigenous