Whanįkw'o: The Women Who Came Back

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2013 animated film, The Woman Who Came Back, is the result of an 18 month research collaboration between the Tłı̨chǫ community of Behchokǫ in the Northwest Territories, and designer/filmmaker Adolpho Ruiz. Based on an oral narrative shared by Tłı̨chǫ elders, the visulaization of this project has combined indigenous methodologies with the practice of art, design, and animation.Before screening the animation, the presentation will include an introduction with representatives from the Behchokǫ community and a short documentary on the Tłı̨chǫ region.The artistic purpose of this project is to translate a traditional Tłı̨chǫ Oral Story (the story of the Woman Who Came Back) into a short animated film. The visualization of this film involved a workshop-based collaboration between Tłı̨cho elders, young members of the Behchokǫ community, and animator/teacher Adolfo Ruiz who provided instruction throughout the production of the “Woman Who Came Back”. Tony Rabesca, Director of Language and Culture with the Tłı̨cho Government provided support and wisdom in making this project possible.

Release Date: 
January 1, 2013

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