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The Grandfather Drum

Director Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe)
Year 2016
Run Time 11min
Genre Animation, Drama
As the balance of the world turns upside down for the Anishinabek people, a grandfather builds a healing drum to save his grandson and his people from sickness. This unique animation follows the story of Naamowin’s drum, a drum revered for it’s healing powers by the Anishinabek of the upper Berens River.  Upon the death of his grandson, Naamowin builds a healing drum given to him in a dream that can restore life.  However, Christianity and government have other plans that disrupt the delicate balance between the sky-world and the underworld.


Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe)


Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe)


Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe), Sonya Lacroix


Animation, Drama


Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

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