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EAGLE FEATHER

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EAGLE FEATHER is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 7-14
65 minutes
VIDEO
PASQUALE ENCELL
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I highly recommend this remarkable film, which sensitively portrays Native Americans and their respect for nature and living things. The pace is slow and intentional. It may not be for everyone, but for those who want something more thoughtful than traditional fast paced box office hits, this offers an authentic look into another culture. The story revolves around a Native American family whose spirit animal is the eagle. It begins with a young girl being taken by her father into the forest to find an eagle feature for herself. In the midst of doing that, they come upon an injured eagle that they take to her uncle for healing. While there, they learn about eagle shootings that have been going on and the uncle asks if they can help. It's not an easy passage to follow but they do, using a combination of tradition and experience to find the culprit. The animation is not full range animation so, if you're expecting a Disney level production, this is not it. However, it is completely suitable in telling this story and works quite well. On top of that, the background music that plays throughout is traditional Native music which was recorded just for this film. The voice over talent is excellent. May only concern might be about the audio levels which, even when I boosted them, were a bit low. The message this film delivers is about living in harmony with nature and it's creatures. It's one that Native Americans exemplify and is shared throughout this film. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 14. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
Eagle Feather is an animated, feature length, family friendly story about Elizabeth, a young American Indian girl, and her single father as they journey into the wilderness early one morning to search for her first ceremonial eagle feather. On their way home father and daughter find a wounded eagle and in an effort to rescue the large bird take it to their family friend and local game warden. He informs our heroes that there have been a string of eagle shootings and that no one has any idea who the culprit may be or why it is happening. Knowing that Elizabeth's family's spirit animal is the eagle and that they still practice many of the old ways the game warden asks her father if he may know a way to help. Her dad does know a way but it will not be easy. Using all but forgotten Native American lore and shamanism the father and daughter begin a race against time that takes them deep into the wilds of the northwestern United States. Along the way her father and other elders teach Elizabeth about her people's ways and culture. Eagle Feather is a fun combination of drama, adventure, comedy and action that is based entirely on real events and the background music that plays continuously throughout is ancient ceremonial songs that were sung and recorded just for this film.
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