#tbt Cree Hunters of the Mistassini

Courtesy of the NFB


By Pat Mullen

This week’s trip down memory lane comes courtesy of Carolyne Weldon at the NFB, who runs the great series Photo Friday. Weldon’s most recent entry delves through the NFB archives and digs up some valuable images from the shoot of Tony Ianzelo and Boyce Richardson’s 1974 doc Cree Hunters of the Mistassini. “Exploring the beliefs and the ecological principles of the Cree,” writes Weldon, “the film artfully shows the clash between the dominant white culture (and its James Bay development scheme) and an ancestral hunting culture with deep ties to the land.”

The film was recently re-interpreted and re-mixed by Caroline Monnet for the short film Mobilize, which is part of the four film series Souvenir that reviews images from the archive through Indigenous lenses.

Courtesy of the NFB

See more pictures from the NFB archive at Photo Friday. and watch Cree Hunters of the Mistassini and Mobilize below!

Cree Hunters of Mistassini, Tony Ianzelo & Boyce Richardson, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Mobilize, Caroline Monnet, provided by the National Film Board of Canada