Moving Images Distribution is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded and occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples - xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations - commonly known as Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Our roots lie within the independent film and video community. During the 1970s, a group of talented filmmakers began developing ways to increase the profile of their work. Their vision resulted in the formation of Canadian Filmmakers Distribution West which changed its name to Moving Images Distribution in 1994. Since our beginnings in 1979, we've worked to connect audiences with innovative works by some of Canada's internationally acclaimed media artists working in experimental, documentary, animation, short fiction and personal narrative.
SAMAQAN: Tribal Journey, Part 6: Landings and P...
“Tribal Journey, Part 6: Landings and Protocol” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 37
Three years' planning for the 2012 Tribal Journey brought 97 canoes to land at Squaxin on July 29th. A delegate from each of the canoes, some of them very young, introduced their canoe family in both English and their traditional languages. All were welcomed ashore by the host Squaxin Nation. The Nala Winds canoe family took the opportunity to extend an invitation to the canoe families to paddle to Bella Bella and visit the Heiltsuk Nation in 2014. The spiritual role that water plays in First Nations culture was marked by a sacred water ceremony. Cultural Protocol forms a very important closing to each Tribal Journey. Dances were performed over a week with 60 different performances, beginning with the Squaxin Island tribal welcome and each canoe family performing traditional songs and dances, including the Maori who came from New Zealand to paddle the Maori Waka as part of this Tribal Journey. Gifts were exchanged, friendships celebrated and hosts thanked. Despite an absence of Canadian media coverage, Tribal Journeys are one of the most colorful festivals in the Pacific Northwest.
This documentary from “SAMAQAN: Water Stories” Series 3, looks deeper at water's role in culture, spirituality and life itself for North America's First Nations people.
Directed by: Marianne Jones, Jeff Bear
Produced by: Marianne Jones, Kristy Assu, Jeff Bear