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This 1976 episode shows the eclectic mix of hard news, arts, human interest and documentaries that drew audiences to Our Native Land for 21 years. A chief from the Fountain Band, B.C. talks about an ongoing land claim; there's a look at the American Indian movement's influence in Canada, reports on the new Indian Affairs Minister, and a deal between Syncrude Canada and Native leaders to create jobs, a young Aztec fire dancer talking about his practice, artist George Clutesi on his friendship with Emily Carr and a documentary on wild rice harvesting in Saskatchewan.

Medium: Radio
Program: Our Native Land
Broadcast Date: Sept. 25, 1976
Guest(s): Victor Adolph, Warren Allmand, Vern Belcourt, George Clutesi, Doug Cuthand, Lou Gerwitz, Edward Henderson, Catherine Morisseau, John Paul, Guillermo Chavez Rosette
Host: Bernelda Wheeler, Albert Angus
Reporter: Beth Paul
Duration: 41:41
This clip has been edited for copyright reasons.
Photo credit: Associated Press/Jim Mone

Did You know?


• While technology still encroaches on traditional wild rice harvesting practices, some native peoples in Ontario, Quebec and Canada's Western provinces still set up camp and harvest rice by canoe.

• The Ojibwa word for wild rice is mand-o-min, coming from Manitou (The Great Spirit) and
meenun (delicacy). Ojibwa bands continue to harvest wild rice in lakes and rivers in Ontario, southwestern Manitoba and Minnesota.

 


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