Recently, we were invited to Bear Island, Lake Temagami, Ontario, Canada to teach the young people of the Bear Island Band of the Temagami First Nation how to build Birch Bark Canoes. We were honored by this and started planning a 3 month canoe building and teaching expedition, which will occur May-July 2012.
We quickly started dreaming up a documentary about the power of the canoe and the positive influence canoes can have on native and non-native youth and their communities.
We plan on filming the entire project and expedition. We will also incorporate the young people of Bear Island into every facet of birch bark canoe building, including the harvesting of materials, preparing the materials, and the construction of the canoe. We we will build 2-3 birch bark canoes with and for the young people of Bear Island.
This is a short documentary movie that shows the whole process of how John Neeman Tools are being hand crafted.
"It is a tragedy of the first magnitude that millions of people have ceased to use their hands as hands. Nature has bestowed upon us this great gift which is our hands. If the craze for machinery methods continues, it is highly likely that a time will come when we shall be so incapacitated and weak that we shall begin to curse ourselves for having forgotten the use of the living machines given to us by God."
Music by Foreign Fields - "Names and Races". Special thanks to the band Foreign Fields from Nashvile (especially for Clayton Fike) for allowing to use their music as a soundtrack for our movie. foreignfields.bandcamp.com/