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Alanis Obomsawin is one of Canada's most distinguished documentary filmmakers. A member of the Abenaki Nation, whose territory originally extended from New England to Quebec, Obomsawin was born in New Hampshire in 1932 and raised on the Odanak reservation northeast of Montreal. Deeply absorbed in the history, traditional stories, and songs of her ancestors, she began her career as a singer, writer, and storyteller. In 1971 she made her first film, Christmas at Moose Factory, a documentary about Cree children. Since then, she has worked with the National Film Board of Canada to make over thirty documentaries on issues affecting First Nations peoples. In May 2008, Obomsawin receives the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, one of Canada's highest honors.

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