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The Fiddlers of James Bay

Film by Bob Rogers
Produced by Bob Rogers, Gail Singer, Mark Zannis, Peter Katadotis
Cinematographer: Richard Stringer
Sound: Bob Lower, Gail Singer
Editing: David Wilson
Copyright: National Film Board of Canada 1980
28 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1980
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This documentary traces the history of the fiddle’s arrival in Canada 300 years ago via Scottish traders from Orkney Island. The Cree population of what is now Northern Québec adopted the instrument, and many contemporary Cree residents are master fiddlers. In this film, two Cree fiddlers travel to the Orkney Islands, the birthplace of the music they learned from their fathers and grandfathers. The film captures the warmth and good will of this reunion.


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