From its inception, this project has been conceived of as both collaborative (between the Kwakwaka’wakw, individual academics, and institutions—both museums and universities) and non-profit. It has been funded through a combination of grants (received by the U’mista Cultural Centre and partner institutions), charitable donations, support from event hosts and sponsors, and some ticket revenue. Every effort was made to make the public events free or very affordable to maximize accessibility, especially for First Nations audiences. All performing artists (both Indigenous and non) are paid, but the executive producers and host institutions do not expect to receive any direct financial profit from the series of public events. Any future DVD or book release will be designed to ensure equitable profit sharing among the primary organizing individuals and institutions.
Overall project coordination: U’mista Cultural Centre
Film restoration: Conducted by the UCLA Film & Television Archive with cooperation of the Field Museum; support from the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Stanford Theatre Foundation.
John Braham Score: Research Library, The Getty Research Institute (850111)
Performance Edition: David Gilbert, UCLA Music Library; support from the Getty Research Institute
Los Angeles: The Getty Research Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Autry National Center
- Additional support provided by: the Getty Research Institute for a 2-day Research Lab in October 2007, and a 3-day public symposium “Documents of an Encounter” June 5-7, 2008.
- Additional support for the Gwa’wina Dancers provided by: Marlene Share, Judson Mock, Bruce Whizin, Ann A Morris, and anonymous donors.
Seattle: The Moore Theatre (Seattle Theatre Group), Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle International Film Festival
- Additional support provided by: David Skinner and Catherine Eaton Skinner, Mike and Lynn Garvey, the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art, the Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
Vancouver: The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC Museum of Anthropology, UBC First Nations Studies Program, UBC Centenary 2008
- Additional support provided by: Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, AV Trust (Feature Film Education and Access Fund), Leon Blackmore Foundation, McLean Foundation, Chase Office Interiors
- Additional support provided by: This project has been supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.
Washington DC: National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
New York City: American Museum of Natural History, Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, Rutgers University, New York University.
- Additional support provided by NYU Native People’s Forum, AMNH Division of Anthropology, Bard Graduate Center, Foreign Affairs Canada, NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs
Additional project support provided by: Killam Trusts, Vancouver Foundation, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, UBC Department of Anthropology, Hudson’s Bay Company, John and Judy Glass, and anonymous donors.