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Heap Busy Indians

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Library and Archives Canada: 35mm, VHS, Betacam.
"In Gleichen Alberta, Blackfoot Territory the usual activities of farming are set aside for staging and performing traditional ceremonial activities: Blackfoot harvesting hay, Blackfoot in traditional ceremonial dress, the chief in his black silk hat and earrings, Blackfoot, RCMP and Indian agents greet a dignitary, the dignitary is made an honorary chieftain, gathering of the tribe for a ceremony, quails feeding on the prairie grass, group shot of the tribesmen, drummers and dancers."


Motion Picture Distributors and Exhibitors of Canada, Canadian Motion Pictures 1914-1932 (June 1932), 4.

Peter Morris, Embattled Shadows: A History of Canadian Cinema, 1895-1939, p. 224-225, McGill-Queen's University Press, 1978.
"Within a year of the company's founding, Norrish released the first of ASN's theatrical short film series, Kinograms. Released in Canada by Canadian Universal, the Kinograms were travelogues about Canada and some foreign countries largely shot on routes served by CPR rail, ferry or ship services, and were in fact thinly disguised promotions for travel by CPR. The series continued through the Twenties and not uncommonly duplicated films on similar themes produced by the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau. (Though, unlike the latter's films, they had only limited foreign release.)"