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Filmmaker JJ Neepin recreates her great-grandfather’s portrait and explores the responsibility of wearing a headdress. “To me, the headdress is a symbol of leadership.”


JJ Neepin is a female Indigenous filmmaker. With the help of photographer Nadya Kwandibens, JJ plans to recreate her great-grandfather’s portrait.

The headdress is a powerful symbol with great meaning in First Nations communities. Headdress is the start of an ongoing conversation about tradition and cultural appropriation.

Credits (Click to expand)

Written & Directed by:
JJ Neepin

Produced by:
Justina Neepin

Director of Photography:
Ryan Herdman

Nadya Kwandibens
Red Works Photography

Camera Assistant:
Luther Alexander

Sound Recordist:
Kirby Hammond

Craig Guiboche
Zellco Productions Inc.

Production Assistants:
Crystal Staryk
Darcy Waite

Make-up & Hair:
Beth Anne McIvor

Douglas Thomas

Thank You to:
Dr. Sydney Garrioch
Former Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinook Ininew Okimoin (MKO)
Chief of Pimicikamak Cree Nation
For permitting us the use of his Headdress

Thank You to:
My father George Neepin
For personally transporting the Headdress