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.

National Film Preservation FoundationStanford 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


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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.


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Seattle: The Moore Theatre (Seattle Theatre Group), Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle International Film Festival     

Hugh and Jane Ferguson FoundationBill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art
Canadian Studies CenterHenry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington


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Vancouver: The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC Museum of Anthropology, UBC First Nations Studies Program, UBC Centenary 2008

Canada Council for the ArtsBC Arts Council
AV Trust (Feature Film Education and Access Fund)McLean FoundationChase Office Interiors


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Chicago: The Field Museum
National Endowment for the Arts


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Washington DC: National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian



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New York City: American Museum of Natural History, Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, Rutgers University, New York University.

NYU Native People’s ForumAMNH Division of Anthropology

Bard Graduate Center
Foreign Affairs Canada
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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.

Les Fiducies Killam TrustsVancouver Foundation

HBCShadowCatcher Entertainment