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Maq and the Spirit of the Woods


Awards - imagineNATIVE

Film Festival


- American Indian Film Institute’s Film Festival in

San Francisco


- Chicago International Children’s Film Festival


- National Geographic's All Roads Film Festival


- The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.


The story of Maq, a Mi’gmaq boy who realizes his potential with the help of a spiritual friend. When an elder in the community offers him a small piece of pipestone, Maq carves a little person out of it. Proud of his work, the boy wants to impress his grandfather and journeys through the woods to find him. Along the path Maq meets Mi’gmwesu. Together they share stories, medicine, laughter and song. Maq begins to care less about making a good impression and more about sharing the knowledge and spirit he's found through his creation.


Directed and Animated by: Phyllis Grant

Producer: Kent Martin, Michael Fukushima

Story Teller: Gilbert Sewell

Sound Design: Norman Roger


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