September 23, 2005
by Canadian Architect
A two-part documentary entitled Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture will have its national broadcast premiere on APTN. Part One will air on October 6 at 11:30 pm (ET) and Part Two airs October 13 at 11:30 pm (ET). The French language version will premiere on October 17 and 24. The Cree language version will premiere on October 20 and 27 at 10:00 pm.
Directed by Cree filmmaker Paul M. Rickard, this film takes us into the world of Aboriginal architecture in the US and Canada, from traditional igloos and tepees to the work of today’s modern Aboriginal architects, who are turning to ancient forms, adapting them in response to changes in the natural and social environment and creating contemporary structures that hearken to the past. Native designers are successfully melding current community needs with tradition. The resulting buildings are testaments to the enduring strength and ingenuity of Aboriginal design.
Featuring expert commentary and stunning imagery, Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture provides a virtual tour of seven Aboriginal communities. Part One focuses on the artistry of the Pueblo, Mohawk, Inuit and Crow communities. Part Two continues with a look at the work from the Navajo, Coast Salish and Haida communities. Both films reveal how these communities are actively reinterpreting and adapting traditional forms for contemporary purposes.
Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture is written by Paul M. Rickard and Janice Benthin. The film is a co-production between Mushkeg Productions and the National Film Board. The film is produced by George Hargrave for Mushkeg Productions and by Tamara Lynch for the NFB. For additional information on this film, please visit www.nfb.ca or call 1-800-267-7710.