Annapolis Valley First Nation Project 2013


DSCF4660We Call it Wikuom
15 min 2013
Written and Directed by the youth participants
Project Director: Ann Verrall
Mentors: Tara Lee Reddick, Luckas Cardona, Shoulder 2 Shoulder, Josee Bourgeois





This inspiring video was created through the Annapolis Valley Summer Video Camp held at the Annapolis Valley First Nation and Central Kings School, Cambridge Station Nova Scotia. Through song creation, traditional and hiphop dance and improvisation, youth explore the question “What is Mi’kmaq culture?”. They create a dramatic scene in which a visitor arrives and asks “why do you have a tipi there?” The response is “we call it wigwam.”








Participants are mentored through the process by a team of professional artists and film technicians. Each Intensive is different. They can be after-school or in-school programs or 1 week full-time. Each video speaks to the concerns and interests of the youth involved. They create imaginative, thought provoking, artistic videos that have the capacity to transform our understanding of the youth are and the world we all live in.


Production projects take youth through an intensive workshop process to make a short collaborative video. Pieces may combine drama, documentary and music video styles.

Intensive Activities : story development, script writing, video & sound production directing. performance, lyric writing, song recording

Recent Themes: race, love, leaving home, Indigenous language, teen pregnancy, community identity, gang violence, rural experience, democracy