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: to read weekly installments of .

  ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts NEW MEDIA  entries:


Volume 3
Native Village Home Page

Background: Robert Kaufman Fabrics:

NATIVE VILLAGE website was created for youth, educators, families, and friends who wish to celebrate the rich, diverse cultures of The Americas' First Peoples. We offer readers two monthly publications: NATIVE VILLAGE Youth and Education News and NATIVE VILLAGE Opportunities and Websites.  Each issue shares today's happenings in Indian country.
Unless otherwise noted, articles are written in full by the credited author.
Native Village is responsible for format changes.
Articles may also include additional photos, art, and graphics which enhance the visual appeal and and adds new dimensions to the articles. Each is free or credited by right-clicking the picture, a page posting, or appears with the original article.  Our hopes are to make the news as informative, educational, enjoyable as possible.
NATIVE VILLAGE also houses website libraries and learning circles  to enrich all lives on Turtle Island.
Please visit, and sign up for our update reminders. We are always glad to make new friends!
Native Village is a supporter of the Link Center Foundation:
To receive email notices of Native Village updates, please send your email address to:

To contact Native Village staff, please email: