Film

Elderhood

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Length
10 m 27 s

Languages
English, French (subtitles), Anishinaabemowin (subtitles coming soon)

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Described video, transcript

Closed captioning
Closed captioning available in English and French

In Keeseekoowenin First Nation, two Elders and founders of Medicine Eagle Camp share the teachings of traditional plant-based medicine. By recapturing traditional knowledge and returning to the sacred ceremonial grounds of their ancestors — from which they had been banished over 60 years earlier — the Elders and their students find strength, healing and a path forward.

Headshot of Stella Blackbird

Stella Blackbird was from the Keeseekoowenin First Nation and was a Red Eagle Woman from the Turtle Clan, who served as an Elder, traditional healer, medicine teacher and facilitator for healing programs and teachings across Canada and the United States. She devoted years to the women of Keeseekoowenin First Nation and to women and men in neighbouring First Nations communities, providing counselling and healing and leading traditional ceremonies. Stella also provided teachings at Medicine Eagle Camp, which she helped establish on the sacred ceremonial grounds of the ancestors near Riding Mountain National Park. Stella was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who raised six children with her husband, Dan Blackbird.

Headshot of Audrey Bone

Audrey Bone is an Elder and member of the Keeseekoowenin First Nation. She is the director of Medicine Eagle Camp, which she helped found on the sacred ceremonial grounds of the ancestors near Riding Mountain National Park. She is an expert in traditional methods of healing, mind, body and spirit — sharing circles, purification ceremonies, plant-based medicine, medicine gathering and teachings.

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