Blackfoot Language Animation Residency

Now you can finally learn Blackfoot Language in the comfort of your own home. 

F.P. Walshe Grade 9 students created animated videos with CAOS and Artistic Director Xstine Cook.

Students worked with Blackfoot Language teacher Celestine Twigg and CAOS artists Louise Johnson, Erin Saunders, Medina Dennie, Sean Dennie, Neil Evenson, and Gina Georgousis, to express and animate Blackfoot words. Thanks to F.P. Walshe teachers Shanan Tynan, Graham Macbean, Randy Bohnet, and FNMI Success Coordinator Sandra Lamouche. Actor Troy Emery Twigg choreographed one of the animations!

After an intensive 2-week residency the students’ completed all these movies and they’re ready for viewing!

Animation brings new way to Blackfoot language classes. – Pikani News

Grade 9s create animated videos – Fort Macleod Gazette

This project was funded by the Government of Canada’s Canada Learning Bond Program and Indigenous Languages in Education from Alberta Education.

Colours

Animals

Numbers

People

Food

Weather

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CAOS acknowledges all First Nations, Metis, Inuit, status and non, as caretakers of Turtle Island, and is grateful to the Blackfoot - Kainai, Sikiska, Piikiani Nations, the Dene - Tsuutina Nation, and the Nakota -Welsey, Chiniki, Bearspaw Nations for their patience and guidance as we understand Treaty relationships.

CAOS is based in the city of Calgary, also known as Moh-kins-tsis (“Elbow” in Blackfoot), Winsheesh-pah (“Elbow” in Stoney), Otos-kwunee (“Elbow” in Cree), Kootsisaw (“Elbow” in T’suu T’ina), and Klincho-tinay-indihay (“Horse Town” in Slavey).

The Elbow River gets its name from the distinctive "crook" as it flows towards the Bow River, which gets its name from the reeds that grew along its banks, which local First Nations used to make bows.