This short and expressionist documentary explores the relationship between the cedar tree and three indigenous women who work with it, weave with it and live with it. Three Salish women hold knowledge of cedar, passed down from their grandmothers and mothers. They commune with this sacred tree as they practice and share their culture and art in both traditional and contemporary contexts. To them, cedar is a life-giver and a transformer. “Cedar: Tree of Life” reveals how each woman uses cedar and how cedar expresses itself through them. From garments to homes to a burial material for those who have passed on, cedar was and is inextricably linked to all aspects of life.
Screening time: Saturday, May 16th, 9:40-9:52 am, Sheffer Recital Hall, The Shedd Institute
Length: 12 mins.
Director: Odessa Shuquaya
Producer: April Johnson