January 24, 2020
ABOUT THE FILM
In 1969, before he became an internationally renowned master carver, 22-year-old Robert Davidson carved the first new totem pole on Haida Gwaii in almost a century. On the 50th anniversary of that historic event, Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter steps through history to revisit the pivotal day when the entire village of Old Massett gathered to celebrate the rebirth of the Haida spirit. Resplendent with playful animation, touching interviews and kaleidoscopic scenes shot by what was then known as the NFB’s “Indian Film Crew,” this timely, cheerful short film was nominated for awards at Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival.