Indigenous Film Series: "Hands of History" (Todd), "I Can Make Art... Like Ron Noganosh" (Churchill)


Hands of History (1994) Loretta Todd (Dir.) nfb 51 min.

This documentary follows four female First Nation artists—Doreen Jensen, Rena Point Bolton, Jane Ash Poitras and Joane Cardinal-Schubert, who sought, or continue to seek to find, a continuum or balance between traditional and contemporary forms of artistic expression in their art practice. These exceptional artists reveal their philosophies as artists, their techniques and creative styles, and the exaltation they feel when they create. 

This film is a moving testimony to the role that Indigenous women artists have played in maintaining  culture.


I Can Make Art ... Like Ron Noganosh (2005) Jane Churchill (Dir.) nfb 15min

We are showing this film as a tribute to the artist Ron Noganosh, who passed away on November 15, 2017. Over the years, the Ojibway sculptor Ron Noganosh worked as a zoo keeper, a sign painter, a miner, a scrap dealer, an art professor and an alligator wrestler. Born on the Magnetawan Reserve on Georgian Bay, he most recently lived and worked as an artist in Ottawa.

Ron’s found-object sculptures and installations took a witty but very critical look at serious issues faced by First Nations communities around the world — issues of culture, technology, identity, community, and the environment.

McGill's Faculty of Education and The P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education and the Arts present the 2017 season of the Weekly Indigenous Film Series, facilitated by Lori Beavis and supported by McGill's Department of Integrated Studies in Education and the Institute for Human Development and Well-Being (IHDW).

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