A SHORT HISTORY OF INDIANS IN CANADA
DIRECTOR NANCY BEIMAN
ANIMATED • 5:07 MINUTES • CANADA
Coyote the Trickster, an ancient shape shifting Native First Nations character, appears in 21st century Toronto and takes a visiting Businessman on a symbolic tour of the darker side of Canada’s relationship with its “Indians” since the 1950s. But can Bob the Businessman learn anything from this experience? An actual 1953 law encouraged Native peoples to go to the cities while demanding that they leave town at night. This, and a story of birds flying into Toronto buildings, inspired noted author Thomas King to write the original story. The animation and design is meant to suggest that of cartoons from the 1950s. This film considers the possibility, or IMpossibility, of dialogue between two cultures that are literally in collision.
Cast Thomas King (Voice of Coyote/Doorman)
Director Nancy Beiman
Writer Thomas King