Lighting the 7th Fire

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Skillfully weaves together the prophecy of the Seventh Fire with the issue of treaty rights in Northern Wisconsin.

 

 

According to the Ojibwe prophesy of the Seven Fires, the first Six Fires tell of the creation of the Anishinaabe peoples, the journey to the Great Lakes area, the arrival of a fair-skinned people, a period of intense struggle, and a period of great loss. The Seventh Fire tells of the revival of lost traditions, and, when the Ojibwe people won a 1983 court decision recognizing their century-old treaty rights to hunt and fish on ceded territory off the reservations, the belief was that the time of the Seventh Fire had begun. But when Ojibwe people set out to engage in their traditional ways of harvesting walleye, the racist backlash was swift and furious as thousands of white protesters harassed them with signs reading, “Spear a Pregnant Indian Squaw and Save Two Walleye.”

 

Directed and produced by Sandra Sunrising Osawa (Makah), Lighting the 7th Fire skillfully weaves together the prophecy of the Seventh Fire with the issue of treaty rights in Northern Wisconsin, profiles some of the people trying to bring back the tradition of spearfishing, and vividly documents contemporary racism against Native peoples in the U.S.  Grades 3 and up.

 

Director: Maureen Gosling

Format: DVD, color, 48 minutes.

Availability: Available for home-use OR with public performance rights.

Published: 1995

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Anishinaabe