Rematriate: Passing the seeds

This short film follows the creation of the "Rematriate: Passing the seeds" wampum belt. Wampum belts, Quahog shell beads bound on strings, in intricate patterns, are used as a guide to narrate Haudenosaunee history, traditions, laws and treaties or agreements between groups.

The Passing the Seeds wampum belt is a record of the agreement, relationship and story of the rematriation of a collection of heirloom seeds from the Sisters of Providence in Kingston to Ratinenhayén:thos, a group of seed savers and knowledge holders, from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

The underlying connection that bonds the two groups of women is their spiritual and feminine intrinsic respect and grounding in nature that exists above boundaries of race and religion. The communities are working together to respect two overlapping histories for the common goal of the continuation of our seeds, food and traditions for the next generations.

  • Shelby Lisk
  • Shelby Lisk
  • Shelby Lisk
  • Matthew Hayes
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Indigenous, Environment, Female, Agriculture
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    5 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2019
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Director Biography - Shelby Lisk

Shelby Lisk is a filmmaker, artist and writer with roots in Kenhté:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, in Ontario). She has an educational background in visual arts and photojournalism and has completed a certificate in Mohawk language and culture through Queen’s University and Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na. Shelby currently works as a journalist covering Indigenous issues and current affairs, in Ontario, Canada.

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