2022 | Film 12 MIN. | English
(Those Yet to Come)
Geo Neptune and Brianna Smith (Passamaquoddy)
On the Eastern reaches of the occupied territory now referred to as North America, the children of Koluskap call upon ancestral teachings to guide them. Revitalizing cultural practices kept from their elders, Peskotomuhkati young people lead an intergenerational process of healing through the reclamation of athasikuwi-pisun, "tattoo medicine."
See the making of video here.
LEARNING MATERIALS & DOWNLOADS
“Our film is about where we fit in within our communities and regaining everything that was taken from us, including our language, our culture, our ceremonies, and our identities as Passamaquoddy people. We’ve had to do a lot of retracing of our ancestors’ steps. It’s okay to be Passamaquoddy, and it’s okay to not know what it means to be Passamaquoddy, but we can do the work to figure it out together. I’m making this film with my good friend Geo, because it’s usually other people telling our stories for us or telling us what to share and what not to share. This time, we are telling our story in our own way. It’s especially important for us to do this for the young in our community." - Brianna Smith
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November 25, 2022 - South Seattle Emerald
- 2 Passamaquoddy short films now streaming online
December 3, 2022 - Bangor Daily News
- 7 Indigenous Films about Reciprocity Released to Honor Indigenous Peoples' Day
October 10, 2022 - Fox2Now
Making of Videos & Trailer
The Making of Weckuwapasihtit
Filmmaker Brianna Smith (“Weckuwapasihtit”) talks about the vulnerability and importance of sharing Passamaquoddy stories to a new generation.
Revitalizing practices kept from their elders, Peskotomuhkati youth lead an intergenerational process of healing through athasikuwi-pisun, or "tattoo medicine."
What is the Reciprocity Project?
The producers of the Reciprocity Project share the importance of uplifting stories of reciprocity from Indigenous storytellers as we strive to be in better relationship with the Earth.
In Practice: Pandemic Filmmaking
The producers of the Reciprocity Project share protocols they put into place to protect Indigenous filmmakers and communities during the COVID pandemic.
Behind the scenes
Brianna Smith portrait featuring new facial markings
Markings on Geo Neptune’s figures
Geo Neptune and Myrtle the duck
Geo Neptune filming on a bridge
Geo Neptune filming a church
(L to R) Brianna Smith, Brittany Sockabasin, Geo Neptune, and Christopher Lewey with new facial markings
News & Press
Weckuwapasihtit in the News
December 3, 2022
Bangor Daily News
2 Passamaquoddy short films now streaming onlineRead article
October 10, 2022
7 Indigenous Films about Reciprocity Released to Honor Indigenous Peoples' DayRead article
November 25, 2022
South Seattle Emerald
Reciprocity Project Highlights Indigenous Storytelling and ValuesRead article
Critical acclaim for this film
"A beautiful film about a community's reconnection to their culture."
-Jonathan Van Ness