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Our Lives in Our Hands: Film Facts

1986, Film: 16mm
49 minutes, Color
Description: This 1986 film examines the traditional Native American craft of split ash basketmaking as a means of economic and cultural survival for Aroostook Micmac Indians of northern Maine. This documentary of rural off-reservation Indian artisans aims to break down stereotypical images. Basketmakers are filmed at their craft in their homes, at work on local potato farms and at business meetings of the Basket Bank, a cooperative formed by the Aroostook Micmac Council. First person commentaries are augmented by authentic 17th century Micmac music.
Featuring: Donald Sanipass, Mary Sanipass, Paul Phillips, Harold Lafford, Marline Sanipass, Cathy Murphy, Sarah Lund, David Sanipass
Copyright: 1986 Carter/Prins
Filmmaker(s): Karen Carter, Harald Prins
Produced by: Karen Carter, Harald Prins
Cinematography: Eric Muzzy, Robert Brady
Editing: Bruce Jehle
Sound: Stuart Mann
Acknowledgements: Sponsored by the Aroostook Micmac Council. Music by Stuart Diamond. Music based on a song by Micmac Shaman Chief Sagamore Henri Membertou (1510-1611). Ethnographic consultant: Bunny McBride. Assistant camera Darryl Mitteldorf. Assistant sound Linda Ende. Research consultants Harald Prins, Bunny McBride. Stills by Nova Scotia Museum, Parks Canada, Queens County Museum, Steve Lapidus. Rerecorded at Trans-Audio by Dick Vorisek. Opticals by TRI-PIX Film Service, Inc. Negative cutting by Lawrence Mischel. Color by TVC Laboratories, Inc. Special thanks to Laumic Company, Inc. and Mary Sara Archer, Thomas Augustine, Annie Bishop, Arden Bull, Dora Dow, Willard Doyen, Patrick Ende, Mary Martha Francis, Abraham Harquell, Eileen Jehle, Cheryl Lafford, Henry Lafford, Marguerite McNeal, Jerick Morey, Tania Morey, Pamela Murphy, Patricia Murphy, Sayyeda Murphy, Eric Nelson, Lisa Nelson, Michael Nicholas, Betsy Paul, Fred Peter Paul, Andrew Phillips, Betty Phillips, Elizabeth Phillips, Steve Phillips, William Phillips, Lisa Sanipass, Rolenda Sanipass, Thomas Schools, Mary Shaw, Randy Silliboy, Richard Silliboy, Joe Simon, Marty Simon, Mathilda West, Ruth Whitehead, Elizabeth Zernicke.
Funding: Sponsored by the Aroostook Micmac Council ; Funded by a major grant from the Maine Humanities Council, Inc., The Vera List Foundation, and private contributions

Distribution: Documentary Educational Resources
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