Native Village Youth and Education News
February 1, 2009 Issue 194 Volume 4

Rabbit and Bear Paws wins ImagineNATIVE Film award


Ojibway First Nation, Ontario:
Rabbit and Bear Paws, has won the New Media Award in the ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.  Rabbit and Bear Paws is published by "Little Spirit Bear,"  a First Nations (Anishinabek, Ojibwa) Multi-Media company created in 2005 by Chad Solomon. Chad is the grandson of Native Traditional Healer and Justice Activist Art Solomon.

Set in 18th-century, colonized North America, Rabbit and Bear Paws is a richly animated series of stories about two mischievous Ojibwa brothers who play pranks and share amazing adventures. They also have a traditional Ojibwa medicine that transforms them into animals for a short time. Humorous and insightful, Rabbit and Bear Paw's stories are based upon traditional teachings of The Seven Grandfathers (the wisdom from the Anishinabek community). They also reflect the lessons of the Seven Fires Prophecy: Respect, Bravery, Love, Wisdom, Honesty, Humility and Truth. 

Rabbit and Bear Paws is a collaboration by Chad Solomon, Christopher Meyer and Anishinabek Community Elders. It has a growing number of enthusiastic fans drawn to the stories and vibrant and entertaining images of Native Traditions and Oral History. These fans include members of the ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

The ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is held each fall. The international festival recognizes innovative works by Indigenous peoples in film, video, radio, and new media from across the world. INFMAF screenings, parties, and other events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works reflect the diversity of the world's Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media.


Visit Rabbit and Bear Paws: www.rabbitandbearpaws.com to read weekly installments of .

  ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts NEW MEDIA  entries: www.imaginenative.org/newmedia.php?y=2008

 
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