The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters

The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters

For almost a century, the Coast Salish knitters of southern Vancouver Island have produced Cowichan sweaters from handspun wool. These distinctive sweaters are known and loved around the world, but the Indigenous women who make them remain largely invisible. Combining rare archival footage with the voices of three generations of woolworkers, The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters tells the tale of unsung heroines--resourceful women who knit to put food on the table and keep their families alive. Written and directed by Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh, this is a story of courage and cultural transformation--a celebration of the threads that connect the past to the future.

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  • director
    Christine Welsh
  • writer
    Christine Welsh
  • producer
    Christine Welsh
    Colleen Craig
    Gillian Darling Kovanic
  • executive producer
    Ian Herring
    Graydon McCrea
  • research
    Sylvia Olsen
  • director of photography
    Randy Woolgar
  • editor
    Barton Hewett
  • location sound
    Barton Hewett
  • original music
    Bruce Ruddell
  • music recording
    Paul Brosseau
  • consultant
    Delmar Johnnie
  • archival film research
    Sher Morgan
  • additional stills research
    Krista Pollard
  • associate producer
    Colleen Craig

  • shawkins

    story of the coast salish knitters

    shawkins, 18 Apr 2016