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Living Architecture - Aboriginal Architecture

L I VI N G A R C H I T E C T U R E

A feature length documentary that explores the way Aboriginal architecture
reflects the diversity of environments and Aboriginal cultures across North
America.

Traditional and ceremonial buildings reflect all aspects of life in a
particular region and time. Architectural designs were affected by
technology, climate, society, religion, economics, and history. The film
will also look at the way Aboriginal architecture continues to evolve in
response to ongoing changes in the natural and social environment.



MAIN CHARACTERS

Alfred Waugh, Gina Mae Schubert & Richard K. Begay Jr.

We were lucky to find three very talented, articulate, and attractive young
designers and architects who each have a passion for beauty, structure,
tradition, and "just plain building things". They're ambitious
trailblazers. They want noting less than to change the face of reserves and
reservations all over Canada and the United States. Down with the old Indian
Affairs housing, out with trailers and ugly mobile classrooms. Let's look
to our roots and begin once again to make beautiful, functional buildings
that have a spiritual centre.

These are the people who will share their passion, their historical insights
and their visions of the future with us as we make our journey through this
renaissance of Aboriginal architecture that is an integral part of the
cultural resurgence-taking place all over North America.

As well as exploring architectural tradition in their own communities, we
propose to take our three main characters to three other regions in order to
continue our exploration of traditions and contemporary experiences in other
nations. We propose to go with Alfred to the plains where we'll experience
a big pow wow and learn more about the teepee structure that have inspired
Alfred. We'll take Gina Mae Schubert to visit the forest of eastern Canada
where she can meet the woman who run the longhouse of the Mohawk. And we'll
give Richard K. Begay a climatic shock when we take him from the hot desert
of the American Southwest, to the cold desert of the Canadian Arctic.

We will also bring our characters together with two elders of Aboriginal
architecture: Douglas Cardinal and Rena Swetsnell.

(Above text written by Muskeg Media, Montreal, QC, Canada)