“I am studying Kenienke’ha, an endangered language, so that I can include my Native tongue in my work including my most recent documentary.”
I am an Indigenous filmmaker and journalist from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. My award-winning documentary, “The Creator’s Game: The Quest for Gold and the Fight for Nationhood” addresses the issue of Indigenous sovereignty and has garnered several awards and credits and is being broadcast in the U.S. and on Australian television. I am studying Kenienke’ha, an endangered language, so that I can include my Native tongue in my work including my most recent documentary. “The Grandfather of All Treaties,” premiered this past fall at the 2015 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival to a sold-out audience and was one of the festival’s highlights. It has since screened at several universities and doing well in the film festival circuit.
I got into journalism and documentary filmmaking because I felt it was my duty a as Mohawk woman to tell a better story. The distorted versions of our stories told in mainstream media, provoking controversy over insight. It’s a storytellers’ job to speak truth to power. In telling these stories, we not only have the capacity to inform but the influence to shape the way those stories are interpreted by the rest of Canada. It is also my intention to inspire my Nation through storytelling. I intend to draw the parallels between the health of our environment to overall health of our communities. My life’s work whether it has been in conservation, health and language and ceremonies, has been to gather information and stories from our wisdom keepers so that I can know them and pass them along through media arts.
Candace Maracle is a Mohawk filmmaker from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ontario.