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Wawatay
Neil Affleck - Toronto
Animation, Non-linear Narrative, Indigenous (4:40) | Archived

“Wawatay” is an Oji-Cree word that translates as “the Northern Lights”. The film is an indigenous-led animated short film that explores the relationship between the living stories of the Anishnnabe people and the journey of connecting to them. Based on the Anishnaabe Woodland Art style and North American pictograph art, original designs were created and brought to life as animated images. The original story was created with the guidance of their elders by Art Director Ben Kicknosway (Bkejwanong unceded territory) and storyteller / animator Morgan Kagesheongai (Waag Waskingaga First Nation) who drew their inspiration from stories passed down to them through their communities.