Paddle to the Sea
I still remember the gynmnasium where I watched Paddle to the Sea for the first time. It wasn’t my school, it was my friend’s school. I had gone to school with Sheila and Deanna that day specifically to see this film and I have no idea why. My suspicion is that my mother had found out about the film, maybe I had told her about it after Sheila or Deanna told me they would be watching it, and my mother wanted me to see it. Although she had moved me away from my father’s Ojibwe relatives and made no attempt (or perhaps had her attempts rebuffed, I don’t know) to keep me in touch with them, she ensured that I was keenly aware of my heritage. And so, one day when I was younger than 8 my public school self went to my friend’s Catholic school and we sat on the gymnasium floor and watched Paddle to the Sea.