SEASON 12 LINEUP
EPISODE 11 - 20
11. My Heroes Have Always Killed Cowboys
In week eleven, The Sharing Circle dives into the world of professional wrestling and examines historic and contemporary role of Aboriginal people in this industry. We profile the men behind the characters; find out what drives these wrestlers to do what they do and how they hope to influence the younger generation.
In week twelve, The Sharing Circle traces the journey that 10 Aboriginal teenagers made with the Pan Am Games torch in 1967. Their 800km journey from Minneapolis to the Winnipeg Stadium ended with a non aboriginal athlete taking the torch into the stadium and lighting the Games flame. Over thirty years later, this journey continues to influence the lives of these torchbearers.
13. The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards & Festival
In week thirteen, come and celebrate the sights and sounds of the City of Toronto... First Nations Style. Long before the modern day metropolis existed, Aboriginal People gathered here to celebrate their unique arts, crafts and cultures. This tradition continues today with The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and Native Canada's largest gathering, The Canadian Aboriginal Festival.
14. Sacred Artifacts
In week fourteen, The Sharing Circle examines First Nations efforts to repatriate spiritual items and ancient artifacts. For centuries, artifacts and remains of Aboriginal peoples have been collected by museums and private individuals all over the world. As we enter the 21st century, many museums and First Nations are now working together to care for and protect these items; however, the issue continues to be a contentious one.
15. Alex Janvier
In week fifteen, The Sharing Circle profiles accomplished Aboriginal artist Alex Janvier. His abstract style has been admired and honored by collectors, critics and art academia throughout North America and around the world. He is considered a trail blazer, opening many doors previously closed to Aboriginal artists. We will visit Alex in his studio at his home in Cold Lake Alberta, as well as gain insights into this seasoned artist through interviews with friends, community members and fellow aboriginal artists.
16. Aboriginal Entrepreneurs
Week sixteen of The Sharing Circle profiles some interesting and unique aboriginal entrepreneurs. We'll see how Leslie Lounsbury, publisher of SAY Magazine (Spirit of Aboriginal Youth), turned her dream into a reality--helping aboriginal youth to have a voice. We also profile Aboriginal IT company Donna Cona and bottled water company, Iroquois Water. Also, Christian Sinclair of The Tribal Council Investment Group explains how they are taking a successful Manitoba venture and planning to expand its client list nationally.
17. Ray St. Germain
For more than four decades, Ray St. Germain has cultivated his role as a Canadian country music icon. A musician, entertainer, and radio personality, Ray has successfully "crossed over" from the Aboriginal to mainstream entertainment marketsÉnever forgetting his Mtis heritage. In week seventeen, The Sharing Circle profiles Ray and provides viewers with a close-up and personal glimpse into the man and his two loves: his family and his music.
18. The Hoop of Life
One of the most visually interesting but technically difficult of aboriginal traditional dances is the Hoop Dance. To many Indian tribes, the hoop symbolizes the circle of life--the belief that all things are connected. In week eighteen, The Sharing Circle looks at this unique traditional form of artistic expression with champion Hoop Dancers Alex Wells and Lisa Odjig.
One of North America's oldest sports, Lacrosse owes its origins to the Aboriginal people who utilized the game to prepare young warriors, resolve conflicts with other tribes and as an intricate part of their spiritual lives. Developed over centuries, Lacrosse has endured, and even prospered in modern times. In week 19, The Sharing Circle will trace the history of Lacrosse from the earliest accounts to its resurgence in the 21st century.
20. Winter Roads
For several weeks every winter, temporary roads are constructed over frozen lakes and through thick forests in Canada's north providing vehicle access to communities that are usually only accessible by air. Essential for shipping building supplies and food at a reasonable price, these "Winter Roads" help make the cost of living more affordable in these remote communities. In our season finale, The Sharing Circle will examine the system of Winter Roads in northern-eastern Manitoba and their importance to the thousands of First Nations People who live there.
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