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The Ballad of Crowfoot (1969)

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A musical telling of the life of the Blackfoot Chief and the betrayal and fall of his tribe with the White conquest of the Canadian West.

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Using entirely still photographs from the Nineteenth Century, a folk sings a song about the great Blackfoot Chief of the Canadian West, Crowfoot. It tells his story as the rise of a great warrior, but he was unable to protect his people from the treachery and the exploitation of the White civilization who were bent on stealing their land and subduing them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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This was one of the first movies created by the National Film Board's First Nations unit, and was shown in schools across Canada. See more »

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The first Canadian music video and what a first video!
21 June 2005 | by (Gatineau, Quebec) – See all my reviews

Every time I see this video and hear the words to this oh so powerful song, I cry. It is at once beautiful and yet so, so sad. The material is raw and because the photos are in black and white, they are after all historic, it is all the more powerful and poignant. Willie did his research and, in an almost journalistic way, he exposes some very harsh truths that not many people were aware of at the time. Since the moment he sang it for us nearly 40 years ago, in my grandmother's kitchen, to this day it still resonates. At the time, the ending really impressed me with the collage of photos thrown onto a surface like playing cards, one by one. I'm still impressed, I haven't seen anything like that since.


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