Skye’s Legacy

The Importance of Belonging

Haida Language film, CBC

This 10-minute documentary is – in part – about the making of the first feature film narrated entirely in the Haida language. It is also about the significance of culture and cultural connection and belonging. “When culture is scarce, one of the first things they lose is the language and then not long after the language is gone, the culture is gone.” Only one per cent of Haida people are able to speak their language, and most of those who can are over the age of 70. The story speaks to the work that is underway to engage young ones in speaking their Haida language and, through their language, connect to the Haida worldview and ways of being. At its essence, it is a story about cultural belonging.

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