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Two Winters: Tales from Above the Earth

Country Available: Canada, USA

In the early 1800s, a volcanic eruption in Indonesia darkened skies around the world, and indigenous peoples in northern Canada fought to survive a year with no summer. The beautifully animated film, Two Winters, depicts the struggle of a pre-contact First Nations family when the animals changed their migratory routes and the sun was obscured by clouds of ashes. This story segues into an important Tutchone myth about the creation of the animals and how they, through ingenuity and determination, make an epic journey to join Winter World to Summer World.

This beautifully animated story is a resource valuable for all schools and libraries. This is a tale of nature, natural disaster, survival of a family under harsh conditions and ultimately of the strength and beauty of the human spirit. The animation style is superb and through rich visual detail, enables students to experience life of First Nations people as it was before European contact.

View a printer friendly version of this page...Awards:
  • NFB Kid's Prize for Best Animated Film (2005)
  • Copyright Date: 2004 Length: 24 minutes Library Audience:
  • First Nations
  • Children and Youth
  • School Audience:
  • Grades K - 9
  • Subjects:
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Animation
  • Children and Youth
  • Environmental Studies
  • Canadian History
  • Formats Available:
  • VHS Tape
  • DVD