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The Grandfather Drum

Director Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe)
Year 2016
Run Time 11min
Genre Animation, Drama
As the balance of the world turns upside down for the Anishinabek people, a grandfather builds a healing drum to save his grandson and his people from sickness. This unique animation follows the story of Naamowin’s drum, a drum revered for it’s healing powers by the Anishinabek of the upper Berens River.  Upon the death of his grandson, Naamowin builds a healing drum given to him in a dream that can restore life.  However, Christianity and government have other plans that disrupt the delicate balance between the sky-world and the underworld.


Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe)


Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe)


Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe), Sonya Lacroix


Animation, Drama


Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language


Canadian Distributor

Thunderstone Pictures