Old Crow - Production 3

Mary Jane’s piece is about her husband, Georgie, and how he is an inspiration for continuing the tradition of living off the land. 

Brandon decided to do a piece on how the Caribou Fence was created. 

Stanley Grafton Njootli, a visual artist, decided he wanted to make a piece with his 3-year old son in Gwich’in. Stan had been in a documentary (about him and his father, and his decision to move to Old Crow in his 20s after never living there before). The film is entitled Arctic Son.

Mackenzie created a stop-motion animation in the Blackfoot language.  

Elder Joel Peter also made a piece about living his life in Old Crow. He shared what he knows especially about Muskrat trapping. This was a really special experience, and reaffirmed the importance of including more elders in the Our World project as storytellers. They hold wisdom about the environment, the language, the culture and traditional values that are so important for future generations. These real connections to traditions that have existed for 20,000 years. Hunting, trapping, living off the land – these are all things that people base a lot of their livelihood and existence on. We hope these short films can help to celebrate and connect generations and to important community values.

It was so touching to witness Brandon (23) and Joel (68), working closely together to work through telling Brandon's story Caribou Fence into Gwich’in

Below is a video with Stan, (a fellow who grew up in Washington and then decided to relocate to Old Crow) who barely speaks Gwich’in himself, teach his 3-year old son how to speak Gwich’in for his short film CRAW CRAW CRAW. It was magical.