‘Rabbit and Bear Paws’ wins ImagineNATIVE Film award

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TORONTO – The ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is an international festival that celebrates works by indigenous people on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media. Each fall, the festival presents a selection of the most compelling, distinctive indigenous works from around the globe.

The festival’s screenings, parties, panel discussions and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world’s indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of the art and culture in contemporary media.

The 2008 award for Best New Media was presented to Chad Solomon for “Rabbit and Bear Paws.” Visit www.imagine native.org for a listing of 2008 new media entries.

“Rabbit and Bear Paws” is set in 18th century colonized North America and follows the stories of two mischievous Ojibwa brothers as they play pranks and have amazing adventures using a traditional Ojibwa medicine that transforms them into animals for a short time.

“Rabbit and Bear Paws” is a collaboration of Solomon, Christopher Meyer and community elders. The series of comic strips is based on the teachings of the seven grandfathers (wisdom from the Anishinabek community) and is rapidly gaining enthusiastic fans for its vibrant and entertaining images of Native traditions and oral history.

Little Spirit Bear is a First Nations (Anishinabek, Ojibwa) multi-media company created in 2005 by Solomon, grandson of Native traditional healer and justice activist, Art Solomon, to share the humorous adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws.

Visit www.rabbitandbearpaws.com to read weekly installments.