Vistas: Little Thunder

Vistas: Little Thunder

This animated short, inspired by the Mi'kmaq legend "The Stone Canoe" explores Indigenous humour. We follow Little Thunder as he reluctantly leaves his family and sets out on a cross-country canoe trip to become a man.

Vistas is a series of 13 short films on nationhood from 13 Indigenous filmmakers from Halifax to Vancouver. It was a collaborative project between the NFB and APTN to bring Indigenous perspectives and stories to an international audience.

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Credits
  • writer
    Nance Ackerman
    Alan Syliboy
  • director
    Nance Ackerman
    Alan Syliboy
  • original artwork
    Alan Syliboy
  • assistant director
    Paton Francis
  • animation
    Paton Francis
  • original music
    Nance Ackerman
    Jamie Alexander Alcorn
  • sound design
    Nance Ackerman
    Jamie Alexander Alcorn
  • recording
    Al Strickland
  • mixing
    Al Strickland
  • online editing
    Reynold Gregor
  • production supervisor
    Candice Desormeaux
  • administration
    John William Lutz
    Cyndi Forcand
  • production coordinator
    Stephanie Coolen
    Vanessa Larsen
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
    Amy Stewart Gallant
  • series producer
    Vanessa Loewen
    Joe MacDonald
  • series executive producer
    Derek Mazur
    Peter Strutt
  • producer
    Annette Clarke
  • executive producer
    Kent Martin

  • rr

    beautiful animation, story, and music. well done.

    rr, 30 Sep 2010
  • easandymackay

    i love Little Thunder. I got the new Mikm'aq legends, as done by Sanger and Paul, although I don't know how (or if) they connect with this story. Is Little Thunder's story more well known than the new legends? I appreciate Little Thunder's dismay when the gift he receives is a Stone Canoe- it is a good analogy of how we often react to our gifts- we view them as shortcomings, when it may be our odd gifts that propel us beyond the dust. Kudos to the film-makers, the animators and musicians. This is a wonderful story. Thank you.

    easandymackay, 16 Feb 2010