Film Clips Lesson 5 Your browser does not support the video player. You can view the transcript of the video below. To view please upgrade your browser or download the video to your computer. CC DV Hamsamala, Man-eating Birds' Dance View Transcript Video Downloads Transcript txt / 630B Video mp4 / 0:48 / 15.1MB Video ogv / 0:48 / 20.1MB Video webm / 0:48 / 6.9MB Video mp4 DV / 0:48 / 16MB Video ogv DV / 0:48 / 11.5MB Video webm DV / 0:48 / 9.5MB In a forested area a First Nations man wears a large and elaborate ceremonial mask. It’s carved from wood into a bird’s head with a long beak, and painted black, white and deep red. Straw and feathers create the illusion of plumage. Now inside the high-ceiling, wood frame ‘bighouse’, a First Nations group is gathered. In the center of a circle four men sit around a roaring fire, each with an elaborate ceremonial animal mask. They rise and march around the fire moving as if inhabiting the animal totem itself. The mouths of the masks open and shut. Now back in nature, the man in the bird mask moves through the woods. Your browser does not support the video player. You can view the transcript of the video below. To view please upgrade your browser or download the video to your computer. CC DV Potlatch Means to Give Film: Barbara Cranmer, UCC View Transcript Video Downloads Transcript txt / 1KB Video mp4 / 1:30 / 17.7MB Video ogv / 1:30 / 14MB Video webm / 1:30 / 21.1MB Video mp4 DV / 1:30 / 24.1MB Video ogv DV / 1:30 / 15.3MB Video webm DV / 1:30 / 22.6MB My people, the Kwakwaka'wakw, have been guided by our ancestors. Our stories of origin are based on our first ancestors. Ceremonial masks tell of our beginning and share our identity and where we come from. When one's heart is glad, he gives away gifts. It was given to us by our creator, our way of doing things, of who we are. The potlatch was given to us as a way of expressing joy. Everyone on Earth is given something. This was given to us. Today, most potlatches are held as memorials for loved ones. Mourning songs are sung to shake off the sadness, wipe away tears, and set the spirit free.