Alanis Obomsawin, Abenaki, 1932-
She is a Canadian filmmaker of Abenaki descent. Born in New Hampshire, and raised primarily in Quebec, she has produced and directed many NFB documentaries on First Nations culture and history. Her best known documentary is Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, about the 1990 siege at Oka crisis. Alanis Obomsawin got her start at the NFB in 1967, when producers invited the singer/storyteller to the Board to work as an advisor on a film about Aboriginal people. She continues to perform and fight for justice for her people. A longer biography appears in Native Leaders of Canada.

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