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Medicine Fiddle

Film by Michael Loukinen
Produced by Michael Loukinen
Cinematographer: Miroslav Janek
Sound: Matt Quest, Dennis O'Rourke, David Turk
Editing: Miroslav Janek
Copyright: 1991, Michael Loukinen
01 hours, 21 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1991
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Home streaming only. For other permissions apply to Michael Loukinen or to the distributor, Northern Michigan University, Up North Films.


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Medicine Fiddle explores the music and dance heritage of the Fur Trade among Native and Métis families on both sides of the U.S. and Canadian border. Fiddling and step (clog) dancing was introduced to Native peoples by French fur traders in the late 1600s and a century later by Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish trappers, lumberjacks, and homesteaders. Over the past two centuries, in the confines of family gatherings on remote reservations, this music has survived and has permeated the cultural memory of mixed-blood descendants. Some of the music and dance has absorbed a Native musical influence, and a Native spiritual culture sustains it. The stories, music, and dance are performed in family settings.

Medicine Fiddle is available on high qualtiy DVD or VHS from http//www.upnorthfilms.org

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