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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Video Animated Short: A Mi'gmaq Story "Maq and the Spirit of the Woods" by Phyllis Grant

"Maq and the Spirit of the Woods" by Phyllis Grant (8 min).

This animated short tells the story of Maq, a Mi’gmaq boy who realizes his potential with the help of inconspicuous mentors.

When an elder in the community offers him a small piece of pipestone, Maq carves a little person out of it.

Proud of his work, the boy wants to impress his grandfather and journeys through the woods to find him.

Along the path Maq meets a curious traveller named Mi’gmwesu. Together they share stories, medicine, laughter and song.

Maq begins to care less about making a good impression and more about sharing the knowledge and spirit he's found through his creation.

Part of the National Film Board of Canada's Talespinners collection, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular children’s stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen.

Listen to The Mi'gmaq Song in Mi'gmaq, French and English