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