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Selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, this early drama released in 1914 is an amazing film produced in collaboration with Native Americans. In this story of love and revenge among the Kwakwaka'wakw of British Columbia, Motana, the son of a great chief, goes on a vigil journey. Through fasting and hardships he hopes to gain the supernatural strength that will make him a chief as powerful as his father. Curtis showcases the Kwakwaka'wakw's magnificent war canoes, totem poles, rituals, costumes and dancing.

To prepare for the film's centennial, Milestone Films is working with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, The Field Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and Professors Aaron Glass and Brad Evans to release a deluxe edition of the newly restored film along with extensive bonus features, including an exceptional recording of the original 1914 musical score by the Vancouver-based Turning Point Ensemble.


Project Partners

U’mista Cultural Centre 
The Getty Research Institute
UCLA Film & Television Archive
The Field Museum
Milestone film & video
University of Washington Press
Autry National Center 
The Moore Theatre (Seattle Theatre Group)
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Seattle International Film Festival
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia - First Nations and Indigenous Studies
UBC Centenary 2008
National Gallery of Art
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
American Museum of Natural History
New York University
Rutgers University
Bard Graduate Center