Native Americans: People of the Northwest Coast

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This video is designed to introduce students to Native Americans of the Northwest Coast and to help establish an affinity for their culture. Students will see that the Northwest Coast is a unique region of remote coastlines and rugged mountains cut b wild rivers and fjords. It is an area rich in natural resources and the home of many accomplished tribes: the Coast Salish, Tsimshian, Kwakiutl, Tlingit and many others. The focus of the video is pre-1600s before significant European intrusion into the Northwest Coast, when the culture of the Indians revolved around clan associations and the bountiful supply of fish and marine mammals that teemed in its waters. The video depicts the day-to-day life of a typical Gitksan clan as told through the narrative voice of Golden Sparrow, a 15-year-old Gitksan girl. Students will learn how the Gitksan fished, hunted, cooked, made tools, weapons and clothing. Also discussed is the Indian's concept of religion, spirits and the natural world. Every effort has been taken to make this video as accurate and as authentic as possible. The featured village is 'Ksan, a recreated Gitksan (a division of the Tsimshian group) village located on the Skeena River on Northwest British Columbia. 'Ksan is internationally acclaimed for its authentic portrayal of Northwest Coast life as it existed hundreds of years ago. It is the most extensive recreation of its type in North America. This video was taped entirely on location in British Columbia and all locations are authentically portrayed. All actors are Gitksan and the dialogue occasionally heard in the video is Gitksan as well. Many key crew and supervisory positions were filled by Gitksan people. All featured museum pieces were verified by the Museum of Northern British Columbia.
VHS Video tape
VHS Video tape
In plastic clamshell packaging.
VHS Video tape
VHS Video tape
In plastic clamshell packaging.
Includes booklet.
VHS Video tape
VHS Video tape
In plastic clamshell packaging.
VHS Video tape
VHS Video tape
In plastic clamshell packaging.
Includes booklet.
Includes tests for students.