Cedar Tree of Life

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Showing In

Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future
Cowell Theatre Sat, Sep 8, 2018 5:30 PM

Kevin White & Stephen Most, USA. Journey from the Rim Fire of 2013 to the Wine Country wildfires of 2017, and explore strategies to mitigate future disasters.

Film Info
Director:Odessa Shuquaya
Year of Production:2018
Indigenous People
Women's Environmental Leadership
Zero Waste
Running Time:11 min.


Three Indigenous women hold knowledge of Cedar, passed down from their grandmothers and mothers. They commune with this sacred tree as they practice and share their culture and art in both traditional and contemporary contexts. Cedar is a life-giver. Cedar is a transformer. Cedar Tree of Life reveals how each woman uses the material/medicine of Cedar and how it expresses itself through them. From garments, to homes, to a burial material for those who have passed on, Cedar was and is inextricably linked to all aspects of life for Salish peoples.


Expected Guest: Director Odessa Shuquaya

Cedar Tree of LifeOdessa Shuquaya is from the Kluane First Nation in Yukon and has been making her home in the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples in Vancouver BC, for the last 20 years. She studied at the University of British Columbia earning her B.F.A. in theatre. After working on set as an actor, Odessa became very intensely curious about the process of filmmaking and went back to school to study filmmaking at Capilano University specializing in Indigenous film and cinematography. This is Odessa's first non-student film.