3. Affiliation : Grandmother
3:59 min. - On this guided tour, we learn that, following an invitation from his great-grandmother (Nukum) who lives in the bush, Messenak, who never knew his great-grandparents, questions his grandfather, Zacharie. Why this invitation? What surprises does Nukum have in store for Messenak?
Messenak - That winter Mushum and I received an invitation. My great grandmother Nukum asked us to join her at her winter campsite. A week away from school! We left very early in the morning... It took us 5 hours by snowmobile through the forest to reach the campsite. I was so anxious for us to get there! Especially since Nukum had sent me a special message: she had an important surprise for me! When we stopped to rest I tried to get Mushum to give me some hints, but to no avail! I didn't know Nukum... I had never met her. She lived far from us and spent almost the entire year in the forest.
Zacharie Bellefleur - Nukum is 86... Long before my own birth and before reserves were established, she lived as a nomad, as had our ancestors... Even today, and despite her age, she leaves for the hunting grounds in the autumn and only returns in spring...
Messenak - I didn't know my great grandfather either... All I knew was that he had died in the autumn and that everyone spoke of him as if he were someone of great importance...
Zacharie Bellefleur - Your great grandfather was a drummer... Among the innu this is a very respected task, as the drum is the messenger between people and animals.
Messenak - Why was your father a drummer, Mushum? Did the elders choose him?
Zacharie Bellefleur - It's the drum that chooses the drummer Messenak... Penashue dreamed of the drum that was the sign.
Messenak - After supper, Nukum gave me a pair of moccasins. They fit perfectly. When I asked if this was her surprise, she didn't answer... She smiled mysteriously... When I heard the news from the radio that Mushum's brother and his wife were coming to visit, everything became more intriguing... Was it because of this air of mystery that I had such a strange dream that night?
It was winter... I was ice fishing. I was trying to catch Kukumess, the large trout... I wasn't alone, there were many others fishing... Even Nukum was there. The drum resonated. Then all of a sudden I saw the eagle Metshu. He was very close to me. No one else saw him. Only me! Metshu was talking to me, but I didn't understand his language... Suddenly he disappeared. Everything changed and I was once again little and with my mother by a fire.
Music - Philippe Mckenzie
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