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Boat : cityscape and boats

Item consists of a home movie featuring the cityscape views from a boat and zooms in on other boats in the water.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Its Cindy Long’s first time meeting her cousins in China once they are a bit older. She now travels there around every 3 or 4 years. Her parents said that they were very close as children, but when they got older they couldn’t connect as easily because her cousins speak little English, and Cindy’s Cantonese and Mandarin are not strong. Now as older teens/young adults, they enjoy spending time together when Cindy visits China, and often talk about the differences in school, culture, etc, between the two places."

Birthday

Item consists of a home movie featuring a house decorated for Chinese New Year and child playing the whistle.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "It’s a family friend’s birthday party at their home in Agincourt, Scarborough. Pictured are decorations left from Chinese New Year.

Since Cindy was very young when moving to Canada, she identifies more with having immigrant parents than being an immigrant herself. Cindy had a lot of family friends that shared similar cultural backgrounds, and experiences as the community of Agincourt where she lives is largely Chinese, East and South Asian, and Tamil."

Boat : children dancing

Item consists of a home movie featuring children dancing over bamboo sticks.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Its Cindy Long’s first time meeting her cousins in China once they are a bit older. She now travels there around every 3 or 4 years. Her parents said that they were very close as children, but when they got older they couldn’t connect as easily because her cousins speak little English, and Cindy’s Cantonese and Mandarin are not strong. Now as older teens/young adults, they enjoy spending time together when Cindy visits China, and often talk about the differences in school, culture, etc, between the two places."

New Conservatory of Music : man writing and child playing

Item consists of a home movie featuring a man writing on a desk in an auditorium and a girl playing the piano.

Project and donor(s) contributed discussion follow(s): "Cindy Long is practising piano at their home in Agincourt, Toronto. She took lessons at the New Conservatory of Music in Scarborough. She began group lessons at age 6, and continued to play through high school. Because she was given the choice to continue lessons or not (rather than being forced to practice as some of her peers did), she gained a love of piano and music that remains to this day."

Boat : children dancing

Item consists of a home movie featuring children dancing over bamboo sticks.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Its Cindy Long’s first time meeting her cousins in China once they are a bit older. She now travels there around every 3 or 4 years. Her parents said that they were very close as children, but when they got older they couldn’t connect as easily because her cousins speak little English, and Cindy’s Cantonese and Mandarin are not strong. Now as older teens/young adults, they enjoy spending time together when Cindy visits China, and often talk about the differences in school, culture, etc, between the two places."

Airplane : children

Item consists of a home movie featuring the inside of an airplane cabin, family members in their seats, passengers walking the aisles, a flight attendant serving meals, and a screen that reads "please wait system not yet available."

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "In 2004, its Cindy Long’s first time back to Guangzhou, China after immigrating to Canada. She is with her mom and her friend likely at Toronto Pearson International Airport."

Airplane flight

Item consists of a home movie featuring the inside of an airplane cabin, a flight attendant and a beverage cart, and a large screen that reads "please wait system not yet available."

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "In 2004, its Cindy Long’s first time back to Guangzhou, China after immigrating to Canada. She is with her mom and her friend likely at Toronto Pearson International Airport."

New Conservatory of Music

Item consists of a home movie featuring an auditorium with a piano.

Project and donor(s) contributed discussion follow(s): "Cindy Long is practising piano at their home in Agincourt, Toronto. She took lessons at the New Conservatory of Music in Scarborough. She began group lessons at age 6, and continued to play through high school. Because she was given the choice to continue lessons or not (rather than being forced to practice as some of her peers did), she gained a love of piano and music that remains to this day."

Boat : woman in traditional outfit

Item consists of a home movie featuring a woman wearing a traditional outfit and using a microphone.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Its Cindy Long’s first time meeting her cousins in China once they are a bit older. She now travels there around every 3 or 4 years. Her parents said that they were very close as children, but when they got older they couldn’t connect as easily because her cousins speak little English, and Cindy’s Cantonese and Mandarin are not strong. Now as older teens/young adults, they enjoy spending time together when Cindy visits China, and often talk about the differences in school, culture, etc, between the two places."

Boat : watching performance

Item consists of a home movie featuring two girls watching a performance on a boat.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Its Cindy Long’s first time meeting her cousins in China once they are a bit older. She now travels there around every 3 or 4 years. Her parents said that they were very close as children, but when they got older they couldn’t connect as easily because her cousins speak little English, and Cindy’s Cantonese and Mandarin are not strong. Now as older teens/young adults, they enjoy spending time together when Cindy visits China, and often talk about the differences in school, culture, etc, between the two places."

New Conservatory of Music : playing the piano

Item consists of a home movie featuring a girl playing the piano in an auditorium.

Project and donor(s) contributed discussion follow(s): "Cindy Long is practising piano at their home in Agincourt, Toronto. She took lessons at the New Conservatory of Music in Scarborough. She began group lessons at age 6, and continued to play through high school. Because she was given the choice to continue lessons or not (rather than being forced to practice as some of her peers did), she gained a love of piano and music that remains to this day."

Boat

Item consists of a home movie featuring an individual waving on a boat with the cityscape in the background.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Its Cindy Long’s first time meeting her cousins in China once they are a bit older. She now travels there around every 3 or 4 years. Her parents said that they were very close as children, but when they got older they couldn’t connect as easily because her cousins speak little English, and Cindy’s Cantonese and Mandarin are not strong. Now as older teens/young adults, they enjoy spending time together when Cindy visits China, and often talk about the differences in school, culture, etc, between the two places."

Boat : traditional dance

Item consists of a woman and a man performing a traditional dance that involves moving bamboo sticks.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Its Cindy Long’s first time meeting her cousins in China once they are a bit older. She now travels there around every 3 or 4 years. Her parents said that they were very close as children, but when they got older they couldn’t connect as easily because her cousins speak little English, and Cindy’s Cantonese and Mandarin are not strong. Now as older teens/young adults, they enjoy spending time together when Cindy visits China, and often talk about the differences in school, culture, etc, between the two places."

Boat : cityscape

Item consists of a home movie featuring the cityscape views from a boat.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Its Cindy Long’s first time meeting her cousins in China once they are a bit older. She now travels there around every 3 or 4 years. Her parents said that they were very close as children, but when they got older they couldn’t connect as easily because her cousins speak little English, and Cindy’s Cantonese and Mandarin are not strong. Now as older teens/young adults, they enjoy spending time together when Cindy visits China, and often talk about the differences in school, culture, etc, between the two places."

Woman cooking

Item consists of a home movie featuring a woman stirring a pot.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "At their home in Agincourt, Cindy’s mom is cooking dinner. When she used to get home from work earlier than her dad, she would start dinner."

Scouts Canada pledge and badges

Item consists of a home movie featuring a girl pledging to a scouts program and receiving badges.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Cindy Long was one of only 2 girls that participated in her Scouts Canada pack that held meetings at CD Farquharson Junior Public School. Here she is being honoured with a badge representing her moving up in ranking in the Cub Scouts (ages 8-10) program."

Airport waiting area

Item consists of a home movie featuring children waiting at the airport for a flight to Chicago.

Project and donor(s) contributed descriptions follows: "In 2004, its Cindy Long’s first time back to Guangzhou, China after immigrating to Canada. She is with her mom and her friend likely at Toronto Pearson International Airport."

Airport waiting area : ice cream

Item consists of a home movie featuring children eating ice cream at the airport for a flight.

Project and donor(s) contributed descriptions follows: "In 2004, its Cindy Long’s first time back to Guangzhou, China after immigrating to Canada. She is with her mom and her friend likely at Toronto Pearson International Airport."

Airport waiting area

Item consists of a home movie featuring the moving walkway at the airport.

Project and donor(s) contributed descriptions follows: "In 2004, its Cindy Long’s first time back to Guangzhou, China after immigrating to Canada. She is with her mom and her friend likely at Toronto Pearson International Airport."

Piano : girl with bow

Item consists of a home movie featuring a girl with a bow practising the piano.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Cindy Long is practising piano at their home in Agincourt, Toronto. She took lessons at the New Conservatory of Music in Scarborough. She began group lessons at age 6, and continued to play through high school. Because she was given the choice to continue lessons or not (rather than being forced to practice as some of her peers did), she gained a love of piano and music that remains to this day."

Skiing

Item consists of a home movie featuring individuals skiing downhill and zooming in on a girl.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Cindy Long’s dad is filming her and her friend skiing at Horseshoe Mount St Louis Moonstone near Barrie ON."

Play dough

Item consists of a home movie featuring a child sitting next to a play dough set.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "In China, Cindy’s parents met a couple on the train when on their way to an interview to apply to come to Canada. Perchance, Cindy and the same couple’s kids ended up attending the same school and kindergarten class in Canada. The families moved to Canada within months of each other and became very close. They lived together in adjoining units during their first two years in Canada. This video documents the housewarming get together after the families got separate places. Seen here are four girls playing together in her friend’s basement.

Since Cindy was very young when moving to Canada, she identifies more with having immigrant parents than being an immigrant herself. Cindy had a lot of friends that shared similar cultural backgrounds, and experiences as the community of Agincourt where she lives is largely Chinese, East and South Asian, and Tamil."

School recital : singing and speech

Item consists of a home movie featuring the end of a school performance with the last song "celebrating our differences" and includes a speech about diversity and thank yous.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "At North Agincourt Junior Public School a group of elementary school children are performing at a concert either in 2003 or 2004. Large drawings hung in the background of different countries indicate that the concert is likely a multicultural day celebration performed for parents.
"The running joke at Agincourt Collegiate Institute is that white people are the visible minority."

Since Cindy was very young when moving to Canada, she identifies more with having immigrant parents than being an immigrant herself. Cindy had a lot of friends that shared similar cultural backgrounds, and experiences as the community of Agincourt where she lives is largely Chinese, East and South Asian, and Tamil."

Piano : ring on her finger

Item consists of a home movie featuring an individual practising the piano and sheet music to "Ring on her finger."

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Cindy Long is practising piano at their home in Agincourt, Toronto. She took lessons at the New Conservatory of Music in Scarborough. She began group lessons at age 6, and continued to play through high school. Because she was given the choice to continue lessons or not (rather than being forced to practice as some of her peers did), she gained a love of piano and music that remains to this day."

Carrying a toddler and watching TV

Item consists of a home movies featuring a mother carrying a toddler who walks to family members watching TV.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "In China, Cindy’s parents met a couple on the train when on their way to an interview to apply to come to Canada. Perchance, Cindy and the same couple’s kids ended up attending the same school and kindergarten class in Canada. The families moved to Canada within months of each other and became very close. They lived together in adjoining units during their first two years in Canada. This video documents the housewarming get together after the families got separate places. Seen here are four girls playing together in her friend’s basement.

Since Cindy was very young when moving to Canada, she identifies more with having immigrant parents than being an immigrant herself. Cindy had a lot of friends that shared similar cultural backgrounds, and experiences as the community of Agincourt where she lives is largely Chinese, East and South Asian, and Tamil."

Ski lift

Item consists of a home movie featuring individuals going up a ski lift.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Cindy Long’s dad is filming her and her friend skiing at Horseshoe Mount St Louis Moonstone near Barrie ON."

Ski lift : zooming in

Item consists of a home movie zooming in on individuals going up a lift lift.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Cindy Long’s dad is filming her and her friend skiing at Horseshoe Mount St Louis Moonstone near Barrie ON."

Horseback riding

Item consists of a home movie following a girl riding a horse on a trail.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Cindy’s dad is filming her at the age of 8 horseback riding at Algonquin Park during her family’s first visit. Since then, her family has developed a love of camping, and now camps in Ontario’s provincial parks a few times a year."

Horseback riding

Item consists of a home movie following a girl riding a horse on a trail.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Cindy’s dad is filming her at the age of 8 horseback riding at Algonquin Park during her family’s first visit. Since then, her family has developed a love of camping, and now camps in Ontario’s provincial parks a few times a year."

Horseback riding

Item consists of a home movie featuring a girl riding a horse on a trail with footage zooming on the horses hooves.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Cindy’s dad is filming her at the age of 8 horseback riding at Algonquin Park during her family’s first visit. Since then, her family has developed a love of camping, and now camps in Ontario’s provincial parks a few times a year."

Horseback riding

Item consists of a home movie following a girl riding a horse on a trail.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Cindy’s dad is filming her at the age of 8 horseback riding at Algonquin Park during her family’s first visit. Since then, her family has developed a love of camping, and now camps in Ontario’s provincial parks a few times a year."

Horseback riding

Item consists of a home movie featuring a girl riding a horse on a trail.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Cindy’s dad is filming her at the age of 8 horseback riding at Algonquin Park during her family’s first visit. Since then, her family has developed a love of camping, and now camps in Ontario’s provincial parks a few times a year."

Horseback riding

Item consists of a home movie featuring a girl riding a horse on a trail.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Cindy’s dad is filming her at the age of 8 horseback riding at Algonquin Park during her family’s first visit. Since then, her family has developed a love of camping, and now camps in Ontario’s provincial parks a few times a year."

Horseback riding

Item consists of a home movie featuring a girl riding a horse on a trail.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Cindy’s dad is filming her at the age of 8 horseback riding at Algonquin Park during her family’s first visit. Since then, her family has developed a love of camping, and now camps in Ontario’s provincial parks a few times a year."

Fish tank

Item consists of a home movie featuring fish in a tank.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "At the Long family’s home in Agincourt, Scarborough is a very large tank of goldfish.

Since Cindy was very young when moving to Canada, she identifies more with having immigrant parents than being an immigrant herself. Cindy had a lot of friends that shared similar cultural backgrounds, and experiences as the community of Agincourt where she lives is largely Chinese, East and South Asian, and Tamil."

Girls playing with cars

Item consists of a home movie featuring several children playing with cars.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "In China, Cindy’s parents met a couple on the train when on their way to an interview to apply to come to Canada. Perchance, Cindy and the same couple’s kids ended up attending the same school and kindergarten class in Canada. The families moved to Canada within months of each other and became very close. They lived together in adjoining units during their first two years in Canada. This video documents the housewarming get together after the families got separate places. Seen here are four girls playing together in her friend’s basement.

Since Cindy was very young when moving to Canada, she identifies more with having immigrant parents than being an immigrant herself. Cindy had a lot of friends that shared similar cultural backgrounds, and experiences as the community of Agincourt where she lives is largely Chinese, East and South Asian, and Tamil."

Horseback riding

Item consists of a home movie featuring a girl riding a horse on a trail.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "Cindy’s dad is filming her at the age of 8 horseback riding at Algonquin Park during her family’s first visit. Since then, her family has developed a love of camping, and now camps in Ontario’s provincial parks a few times a year."

Christmas presents

Item consists of a Japanese-Indian family's home movie featuring children opening and playing with presents in front of a Christmas tree. Footage also contains one musical toy playing "When you wish upon a star."

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "We’re in a suburban backyard in Ottawa, ON and it’s summer time in 1984. Sonia, age 4 and her younger sister, age 2 are playing with a swing set and an inflatable tipi likely from Canadian Tire. The inflatable has a small hole to pop your head in, and has imagery of the trope of the "Indian" and the "cowboy." This was strange for Sonia to see when revisiting the footage, because this type of imagery likely wouldn’t be sold anymore.

She and her sister are singing songs in Japanese (her mother’s mother tongue) and Marathi (her father’s mother tongue). The Japanese songs are ones she still recalls and sings to her own children. The Marathi songs are familiar, and Sonia recalls her father teaching them to her, but she doesn’t remember their titles, or know what they mean.

Sonia grew up in Ottawa, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Although she was the minority in school as one of two non-white children, she doesn’t remember feeling out of place. Her parents said that other children called her "blacky" but she doesn’t recall this happening.

In relation to Home Made Visible, Sonia says, "The process of drawing out pieces of history and indicating its value, [and] that it deserves to be preserved is incredible""

Long family videos

Series consists of home movies documenting the Chinese family's everyday life including footage of children playing, riding horses, and performing at a school recital.

Long family

Bowling

Item consists of a Japanese-Indian family's home movie featuring children at a bowling alley.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "We’re in a suburban backyard in Ottawa, ON and it’s summer time in 1984. Sonia, age 4 and her younger sister, age 2 are playing with a swing set and an inflatable tipi likely from Canadian Tire. The inflatable has a small hole to pop your head in, and has imagery of the trope of the "Indian" and the "cowboy." This was strange for Sonia to see when revisiting the footage, because this type of imagery likely wouldn’t be sold anymore.

She and her sister are singing songs in Japanese (her mother’s mother tongue) and Marathi (her father’s mother tongue). The Japanese songs are ones she still recalls and sings to her own children. The Marathi songs are familiar, and Sonia recalls her father teaching them to her, but she doesn’t remember their titles, or know what they mean.

Sonia grew up in Ottawa, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Although she was the minority in school as one of two non-white children, she doesn’t remember feeling out of place. Her parents said that other children called her "blacky" but she doesn’t recall this happening.

In relation to Home Made Visible, Sonia says, "The process of drawing out pieces of history and indicating its value, [and] that it deserves to be preserved is incredible""

Birthday party

Item consists of a Japanese-Indian family's home movie featuring children talking, singing, and eating at a birthday party. Footage also includes a child playing the violin.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "We’re in a suburban backyard in Ottawa, ON and it’s summer time in 1984. Sonia, age 4 and her younger sister, age 2 are playing with a swing set and an inflatable tipi likely from Canadian Tire. The inflatable has a small hole to pop your head in, and has imagery of the trope of the "Indian" and the "cowboy." This was strange for Sonia to see when revisiting the footage, because this type of imagery likely wouldn’t be sold anymore.

She and her sister are singing songs in Japanese (her mother’s mother tongue) and Marathi (her father’s mother tongue). The Japanese songs are ones she still recalls and sings to her own children. The Marathi songs are familiar, and Sonia recalls her father teaching them to her, but she doesn’t remember their titles, or know what they mean.

Sonia grew up in Ottawa, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Although she was the minority in school as one of two non-white children, she doesn’t remember feeling out of place. Her parents said that other children called her "blacky" but she doesn’t recall this happening.

In relation to Home Made Visible, Sonia says, "The process of drawing out pieces of history and indicating its value, [and] that it deserves to be preserved is incredible""

Playing in the snow

Item consists of a Japanese-Indian family's home movie of a child playing in the snow and throwing snowballs while a woman yells "come inside."

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "We’re in a suburban backyard in Ottawa, ON and it’s summer time in 1984. Sonia, age 4 and her younger sister, age 2 are playing with a swing set and an inflatable tipi likely from Canadian Tire. The inflatable has a small hole to pop your head in, and has imagery of the trope of the "Indian" and the "cowboy." This was strange for Sonia to see when revisiting the footage, because this type of imagery likely wouldn’t be sold anymore.

She and her sister are singing songs in Japanese (her mother’s mother tongue) and Marathi (her father’s mother tongue). The Japanese songs are ones she still recalls and sings to her own children. The Marathi songs are familiar, and Sonia recalls her father teaching them to her, but she doesn’t remember their titles, or know what they mean.

Sonia grew up in Ottawa, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Although she was the minority in school as one of two non-white children, she doesn’t remember feeling out of place. Her parents said that other children called her "blacky" but she doesn’t recall this happening.

In relation to Home Made Visible, Sonia says, "The process of drawing out pieces of history and indicating its value, [and] that it deserves to be preserved is incredible""

Jeopardy

Item consists of a Japanese-Indian family's home movie of children playing Jeopardy.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "We’re in a suburban backyard in Ottawa, ON and it’s summer time in 1984. Sonia, age 4 and her younger sister, age 2 are playing with a swing set and an inflatable tipi likely from Canadian Tire. The inflatable has a small hole to pop your head in, and has imagery of the trope of the "Indian" and the "cowboy." This was strange for Sonia to see when revisiting the footage, because this type of imagery likely wouldn’t be sold anymore.

She and her sister are singing songs in Japanese (her mother’s mother tongue) and Marathi (her father’s mother tongue). The Japanese songs are ones she still recalls and sings to her own children. The Marathi songs are familiar, and Sonia recalls her father teaching them to her, but she doesn’t remember their titles, or know what they mean.

Sonia grew up in Ottawa, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Although she was the minority in school as one of two non-white children, she doesn’t remember feeling out of place. Her parents said that other children called her "blacky" but she doesn’t recall this happening.

In relation to Home Made Visible, Sonia says, "The process of drawing out pieces of history and indicating its value, [and] that it deserves to be preserved is incredible""

At the lake

Item consists of a Japanese-Indian family's home movie featuring a family playing in the water, exiting the lake, and a child narrating their surroundings.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "We’re in a suburban backyard in Ottawa, ON and it’s summer time in 1984. Sonia, age 4 and her younger sister, age 2 are playing with a swing set and an inflatable tipi likely from Canadian Tire. The inflatable has a small hole to pop your head in, and has imagery of the trope of the "Indian" and the "cowboy." This was strange for Sonia to see when revisiting the footage, because this type of imagery likely wouldn’t be sold anymore.

She and her sister are singing songs in Japanese (her mother’s mother tongue) and Marathi (her father’s mother tongue). The Japanese songs are ones she still recalls and sings to her own children. The Marathi songs are familiar, and Sonia recalls her father teaching them to her, but she doesn’t remember their titles, or know what they mean.

Sonia grew up in Ottawa, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Although she was the minority in school as one of two non-white children, she doesn’t remember feeling out of place. Her parents said that other children called her "blacky" but she doesn’t recall this happening.

In relation to Home Made Visible, Sonia says, "The process of drawing out pieces of history and indicating its value, [and] that it deserves to be preserved is incredible""

Playing cards

Item consists of a Japanese-Indian family's home movie featuring children and a man playing cards.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "We’re in a suburban backyard in Ottawa, ON and it’s summer time in 1984. Sonia, age 4 and her younger sister, age 2 are playing with a swing set and an inflatable tipi likely from Canadian Tire. The inflatable has a small hole to pop your head in, and has imagery of the trope of the "Indian" and the "cowboy." This was strange for Sonia to see when revisiting the footage, because this type of imagery likely wouldn’t be sold anymore.

She and her sister are singing songs in Japanese (her mother’s mother tongue) and Marathi (her father’s mother tongue). The Japanese songs are ones she still recalls and sings to her own children. The Marathi songs are familiar, and Sonia recalls her father teaching them to her, but she doesn’t remember their titles, or know what they mean.

Sonia grew up in Ottawa, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Although she was the minority in school as one of two non-white children, she doesn’t remember feeling out of place. Her parents said that other children called her "blacky" but she doesn’t recall this happening.

In relation to Home Made Visible, Sonia says, "The process of drawing out pieces of history and indicating its value, [and] that it deserves to be preserved is incredible""

Turkey dinner

Item consists of a Japanese-Indian family's home movie featuring the carving of a turkey dinner, preparing the table, and a family sharing a meal.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "We’re in a suburban backyard in Ottawa, ON and it’s summer time in 1984. Sonia, age 4 and her younger sister, age 2 are playing with a swing set and an inflatable tipi likely from Canadian Tire. The inflatable has a small hole to pop your head in, and has imagery of the trope of the "Indian" and the "cowboy." This was strange for Sonia to see when revisiting the footage, because this type of imagery likely wouldn’t be sold anymore.

She and her sister are singing songs in Japanese (her mother’s mother tongue) and Marathi (her father’s mother tongue). The Japanese songs are ones she still recalls and sings to her own children. The Marathi songs are familiar, and Sonia recalls her father teaching them to her, but she doesn’t remember their titles, or know what they mean.

Sonia grew up in Ottawa, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Although she was the minority in school as one of two non-white children, she doesn’t remember feeling out of place. Her parents said that other children called her "blacky" but she doesn’t recall this happening.

In relation to Home Made Visible, Sonia says, "The process of drawing out pieces of history and indicating its value, [and] that it deserves to be preserved is incredible""

Birthday presents

Item consists of a Japanese-Indian family's home movie featuring a child opening birthday presents surrounded by family.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "We’re in a suburban backyard in Ottawa, ON and it’s summer time in 1984. Sonia, age 4 and her younger sister, age 2 are playing with a swing set and an inflatable tipi likely from Canadian Tire. The inflatable has a small hole to pop your head in, and has imagery of the trope of the "Indian" and the "cowboy." This was strange for Sonia to see when revisiting the footage, because this type of imagery likely wouldn’t be sold anymore.

She and her sister are singing songs in Japanese (her mother’s mother tongue) and Marathi (her father’s mother tongue). The Japanese songs are ones she still recalls and sings to her own children. The Marathi songs are familiar, and Sonia recalls her father teaching them to her, but she doesn’t remember their titles, or know what they mean.

Sonia grew up in Ottawa, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Although she was the minority in school as one of two non-white children, she doesn’t remember feeling out of place. Her parents said that other children called her "blacky" but she doesn’t recall this happening.

In relation to Home Made Visible, Sonia says, "The process of drawing out pieces of history and indicating its value, [and] that it deserves to be preserved is incredible""

Autumn hike

Item consists of a Japanese-Indian family's home movie featuring a family hiking during autumn, reaching the look out, and piling into their car.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "We’re in a suburban backyard in Ottawa, ON and it’s summer time in 1984. Sonia, age 4 and her younger sister, age 2 are playing with a swing set and an inflatable tipi likely from Canadian Tire. The inflatable has a small hole to pop your head in, and has imagery of the trope of the "Indian" and the "cowboy." This was strange for Sonia to see when revisiting the footage, because this type of imagery likely wouldn’t be sold anymore.

She and her sister are singing songs in Japanese (her mother’s mother tongue) and Marathi (her father’s mother tongue). The Japanese songs are ones she still recalls and sings to her own children. The Marathi songs are familiar, and Sonia recalls her father teaching them to her, but she doesn’t remember their titles, or know what they mean.

Sonia grew up in Ottawa, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Although she was the minority in school as one of two non-white children, she doesn’t remember feeling out of place. Her parents said that other children called her "blacky" but she doesn’t recall this happening.

In relation to Home Made Visible, Sonia says, "The process of drawing out pieces of history and indicating its value, [and] that it deserves to be preserved is incredible""

Birthday songs

Item consists of a Japanese-Indian family's home movie featuring children singing in the house while opening a birthday presents.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "We’re in a suburban backyard in Ottawa, ON and it’s summer time in 1984. Sonia, age 4 and her younger sister, age 2 are playing with a swing set and an inflatable tipi likely from Canadian Tire. The inflatable has a small hole to pop your head in, and has imagery of the trope of the "Indian" and the "cowboy." This was strange for Sonia to see when revisiting the footage, because this type of imagery likely wouldn’t be sold anymore.

She and her sister are singing songs in Japanese (her mother’s mother tongue) and Marathi (her father’s mother tongue). The Japanese songs are ones she still recalls and sings to her own children. The Marathi songs are familiar, and Sonia recalls her father teaching them to her, but she doesn’t remember their titles, or know what they mean.

Sonia grew up in Ottawa, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Although she was the minority in school as one of two non-white children, she doesn’t remember feeling out of place. Her parents said that other children called her "blacky" but she doesn’t recall this happening.

In relation to Home Made Visible, Sonia says, "The process of drawing out pieces of history and indicating its value, [and] that it deserves to be preserved is incredible""

Dance performance

Item consists of two girls in matching outfits dancing to the "Eye of the Tiger" with dolls as props.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "We’re in a suburban backyard in Ottawa, ON and it’s summer time in 1984. Sonia, age 4 and her younger sister, age 2 are playing with a swing set and an inflatable tipi likely from Canadian Tire. The inflatable has a small hole to pop your head in, and has imagery of the trope of the "Indian" and the "cowboy." This was strange for Sonia to see when revisiting the footage, because this type of imagery likely wouldn’t be sold anymore.

She and her sister are singing songs in Japanese (her mother’s mother tongue) and Marathi (her father’s mother tongue). The Japanese songs are ones she still recalls and sings to her own children. The Marathi songs are familiar, and Sonia recalls her father teaching them to her, but she doesn’t remember their titles, or know what they mean.

Sonia grew up in Ottawa, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Although she was the minority in school as one of two non-white children, she doesn’t remember feeling out of place. Her parents said that other children called her "blacky" but she doesn’t recall this happening.

In relation to Home Made Visible, Sonia says, "The process of drawing out pieces of history and indicating its value, [and] that it deserves to be preserved is incredible""

A play in the streets

Item consists of a Japanese-Indian family's home movie featuring several children playing performing a play in the a cul-de-sac and pans out to the audience’s patio sets on the street.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "We’re in a suburban backyard in Ottawa, ON and it’s summer time in 1984. Sonia, age 4 and her younger sister, age 2 are playing with a swing set and an inflatable tipi likely from Canadian Tire. The inflatable has a small hole to pop your head in, and has imagery of the trope of the "Indian" and the "cowboy." This was strange for Sonia to see when revisiting the footage, because this type of imagery likely wouldn’t be sold anymore.

She and her sister are singing songs in Japanese (her mother’s mother tongue) and Marathi (her father’s mother tongue). The Japanese songs are ones she still recalls and sings to her own children. The Marathi songs are familiar, and Sonia recalls her father teaching them to her, but she doesn’t remember their titles, or know what they mean.

Sonia grew up in Ottawa, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Although she was the minority in school as one of two non-white children, she doesn’t remember feeling out of place. Her parents said that other children called her "blacky" but she doesn’t recall this happening.

In relation to Home Made Visible, Sonia says, "The process of drawing out pieces of history and indicating its value, [and] that it deserves to be preserved is incredible""

Backyard

Item consists of a Japanese-Indian family's home movie featuring children playing with a swing set and a "cowboys and Indians" tent.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "We’re in a suburban backyard in Ottawa, ON and it’s summer time in 1984. Sonia, age 4 and her younger sister, age 2 are playing with a swing set and an inflatable tipi likely from Canadian Tire. The inflatable has a small hole to pop your head in, and has imagery of the trope of the "Indian" and the "cowboy." This was strange for Sonia to see when revisiting the footage, because this type of imagery likely wouldn’t be sold anymore.

She and her sister are singing songs in Japanese (her mother’s mother tongue) and Marathi (her father’s mother tongue). The Japanese songs are ones she still recalls and sings to her own children. The Marathi songs are familiar, and Sonia recalls her father teaching them to her, but she doesn’t remember their titles, or know what they mean.

Sonia grew up in Ottawa, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Although she was the minority in school as one of two non-white children, she doesn’t remember feeling out of place. Her parents said that other children called her "blacky" but she doesn’t recall this happening.

In relation to Home Made Visible, Sonia says, "The process of drawing out pieces of history and indicating its value, [and] that it deserves to be preserved is incredible""

Swing set

Item consists of a Japanese-Indian family's home movie featuring two girls playing on and climbing a swing set, accompanied by adults repairing the set.

Project and donor(s) contributed description follows: "We’re in a suburban backyard in Ottawa, ON and it’s summer time in 1984. Sonia, age 4 and her younger sister, age 2 are playing with a swing set and an inflatable tipi likely from Canadian Tire. The inflatable has a small hole to pop your head in, and has imagery of the trope of the "Indian" and the "cowboy." This was strange for Sonia to see when revisiting the footage, because this type of imagery likely wouldn’t be sold anymore.

She and her sister are singing songs in Japanese (her mother’s mother tongue) and Marathi (her father’s mother tongue). The Japanese songs are ones she still recalls and sings to her own children. The Marathi songs are familiar, and Sonia recalls her father teaching them to her, but she doesn’t remember their titles, or know what they mean.

Sonia grew up in Ottawa, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Although she was the minority in school as one of two non-white children, she doesn’t remember feeling out of place. Her parents said that other children called her "blacky" but she doesn’t recall this happening.

In relation to Home Made Visible, Sonia says, "The process of drawing out pieces of history and indicating its value, [and] that it deserves to be preserved is incredible""

Snow balls, riding snowmobiles, and snowy landscapes

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring people walking down the street, throwing snow balls, riding a snowmobile, snowy landscapes with trees and houses.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "The following clips are from 1969-71. The reels start in the winter of 1970/71 north of Montreal, at Laurentian Mountains, a known good skiing place. Bala Nundy lived in Montreal at the time just before he got married in 1971. When Bala moved to Montreal he didn’t have any family there and his close friends became his family. Here they rented a cottage for a weekend trip. Since they are all from hot countries without snow they got excited and took many pictures.

The next scenes overlook downtown Montreal; Mont Royal, Jack Cartier Bridge, horse driven buggies, etc. The 8mm footage is sped up like a Chaplin film.

In the next scene, his future wife’s family and their friends appear. This is also in the Laurentian Mountain area in the winter of 1971.

Then there is a clip of Bala downhill skiing for the first time, he hoped that this would make his grandkids laugh in the future. This was taken in 1968 in Chicopee hill near Kitchener, ON.

Then to frozen Lake Erie, and a park in Galt, Ontario (later became Cambridge, Ontario).

Now Bala’s daughter Smita says, ‘You’ll often find her dad sitting down and going through old photos.’ He is known for sharing pictures at family get-togethers and is inspired by his grandkids. He has thousands of pieces of materials and started filming in 1965."

Exiting a cottage, driving away, and two children playing in the snow

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring people exiting a home, driving away, and a toddler playing in the snow with two adults.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "The following clips are from 1969-71. The reels start in the winter of 1970/71 north of Montreal, at Laurentian Mountains, a known good skiing place. Bala Nundy lived in Montreal at the time just before he got married in 1971. When Bala moved to Montreal he didn’t have any family there and his close friends became his family. Here they rented a cottage for a weekend trip. Since they are all from hot countries without snow they got excited and took many pictures.

The next scenes overlook downtown Montreal; Mont Royal, Jack Cartier Bridge, horse driven buggies, etc. The 8mm footage is sped up like a Chaplin film.

In the next scene, his future wife’s family and their friends appear. This is also in the Laurentian Mountain area in the winter of 1971.

Then there is a clip of Bala downhill skiing for the first time, he hoped that this would make his grandkids laugh in the future. This was taken in 1968 in Chicopee hill near Kitchener, ON.

Then to frozen Lake Erie, and a park in Galt, Ontario (later became Cambridge, Ontario).

Now Bala’s daughter Smita says, ‘You’ll often find her dad sitting down and going through old photos.’ He is known for sharing pictures at family get-togethers and is inspired by his grandkids. He has thousands of pieces of materials and started filming in 1965."

Nundy family videos

Series consists of a Indian-Canadian family's home movies documenting winter in the Laurentian Mountains, the cityscapes of Montreal, and skiing at Chicopee Hill.

Nundy family

Winter in the Laurentian Mountains and Montreal

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring the camera zooming in to people on the patio of a snowy house, a man operating a snow plow, snowy forested landscapes, people exiting cars, children throwing snowballs, people operating snowmobiles, snowy cityscape views from the top of Mont Royal, cars driving up Mont Royal, the Mont Royal cross with blue skies and the sun shinning in the background, people walking on snowy trails, a horse and sleighs on trails and pulling up to the Mont Royal chalet, people walking down stairs to a car park, people at a cottage and skiing, people walking across a frozen lake, a light house, the camera spanning across the frozen lake and the sun setting in the background, and ends with a flowing river.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "The following clips are from 1969-71. The reels start in the winter of 1970/71 north of Montreal, at Laurentian Mountains, a known good skiing place. Bala Nundy lived in Montreal at the time just before he got married in 1971. When Bala moved to Montreal he didn’t have any family there and his close friends became his family. Here they rented a cottage for a weekend trip. Since they are all from hot countries without snow they got excited and took many pictures.

The next scenes overlook downtown Montreal; Mont Royal, Jack Cartier Bridge, horse driven buggies, etc. The 8mm footage is sped up like a Chaplin film.

In the next scene, his future wife’s family and their friends appear. This is also in the Laurentian Mountain area in the winter of 1971.

Then there is a clip of Bala downhill skiing for the first time, he hoped that this would make his grandkids laugh in the future. This was taken in 1968 in Chicopee hill near Kitchener, ON.

Then to frozen Lake Erie, and a park in Galt, Ontario (later became Cambridge, Ontario).

Now Bala’s daughter Smita says, ‘You’ll often find her dad sitting down and going through old photos.’ He is known for sharing pictures at family get-togethers and is inspired by his grandkids. He has thousands of pieces of materials and started filming in 1965."

Fall picnic barbecue

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring a fall landscapes with colourful trees, and several people gathered around a picnic table to barbecue and eat with a river in the background.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "The following clips are from 1969-71. The reels start in the winter of 1970/71 north of Montreal, at Laurentian Mountains, a known good skiing place. Bala Nundy lived in Montreal at the time just before he got married in 1971. When Bala moved to Montreal he didn’t have any family there and his close friends became his family. Here they rented a cottage for a weekend trip. Since they are all from hot countries without snow they got excited and took many pictures.

The next scenes overlook downtown Montreal; Mont Royal, Jack Cartier Bridge, horse driven buggies, etc. The 8mm footage is sped up like a Chaplin film.

In the next scene, his future wife’s family and their friends appear. This is also in the Laurentian Mountain area in the winter of 1971.

Then there is a clip of Bala downhill skiing for the first time, he hoped that this would make his grandkids laugh in the future. This was taken in 1968 in Chicopee hill near Kitchener, ON.

Then to frozen Lake Erie, and a park in Galt, Ontario (later became Cambridge, Ontario).

Now Bala’s daughter Smita says, ‘You’ll often find her dad sitting down and going through old photos.’ He is known for sharing pictures at family get-togethers and is inspired by his grandkids. He has thousands of pieces of materials and started filming in 1965."

Jog family videos

Series consists of home movies from a Japanese and Indian family in Ottawa documenting children playing in the backyard and singing songs in Japanese and Matrathi.

Jog family

Bijay's Wedding (2) Civil Ceremony, Ghori, Cocktail Reception : riding a horse

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring a man riding a horse surrounded by family and friends dancing in New York City at the intersection of 48th street and 3rd avenue.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "My son (groom) is riding a horse through the streets of NYC to get to his marriage ceremony (traditional for India but first time it happened in NYC). This video depicts an Indian family’s wedding within North American customs, and shows a couple taking their civic vows, followed by a reception. Performances are held, after which the dancers receive blessings where the guests circle them with cash and leave it as a blessing. Songs of romance are sung in Punjabi and Hindi.

Skikh prayer is taken on the morning of the wedding, where the groom is wearing a traditional headdress shrouding the eyes. The headdress is tied on by the grooms sister,creating a symbol of mystery and modesty, and the warding off of the evil eye. The groom then ventures from his dwellings to his brides’, riding by horseback to symbolize the right of passage to manhood. The family surrounds the groom in a musical procession. This reenactment of an Indian tradition was the first to be held in New York City."

Bijay's Wedding (2) Civil Ceremony, Ghori, Cocktail Reception : prayers for groom

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring a man encircled by woman saying prayers.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "These are prayers for the groom. This video depicts an Indian family’s wedding within North American customs, and shows a couple taking their civic vows, followed by a reception. Performances are held, after which the dancers receive blessings where the guests circle them with cash and leave it as a blessing. Songs of romance are sung in Punjabi and Hindi.

Skikh prayer is taken on the morning of the wedding, where the groom is wearing a traditional headdress shrouding the eyes. The headdress is tied on by the grooms sister,creating a symbol of mystery and modesty, and the warding off of the evil eye. The groom then ventures from his dwellings to his brides’, riding by horseback to symbolize the right of passage to manhood. The family surrounds the groom in a musical procession. This reenactment of an Indian tradition was the first to be held in New York City."

Bijay's Wedding (2) Civil Ceremony, Ghori, Cocktail Reception : sera bandi

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring women singing and putting a headdress on a seated man.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "The "sera bandi" here is my daughters tying a headdress on my son before his traditional wedding ceremony. This video depicts an Indian family’s wedding within North American customs, and shows a couple taking their civic vows, followed by a reception. Performances are held, after which the dancers receive blessings where the guests circle them with cash and leave it as a blessing. Songs of romance are sung in Punjabi and Hindi.

Skikh prayer is taken on the morning of the wedding, where the groom is wearing a traditional headdress shrouding the eyes. The headdress is tied on by the grooms sister,creating a symbol of mystery and modesty, and the warding off of the evil eye. The groom then ventures from his dwellings to his brides’, riding by horseback to symbolize the right of passage to manhood. The family surrounds the groom in a musical procession. This reenactment of an Indian tradition was the first to be held in New York City."

Amrita's Mehndi Party, Nussarat Wedding Songs : siblings sing and dance

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring a woman and man dancing.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "My sister sings while another sister and brother dance Bhangra. Video depicts an Indian wedding held in British Columbia. A series of ceremonies took place over the course of many days, including the singing of wedding songs during the Sangeet music party, the father of the bride singing, and the application of henna on the hands. A North Indian Punjabi dance, Bhangra, is performed by aunts and uncles of the bride. The wedding was held at the paternal aunt's house."

Cityscapes of Baghdad, Iraq

Item consists of an Iranian-Canadian family’s home movie featuring cityscapes of Baghdad including footage of traditional architecture.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "Although Aeyliya was born in London, England, she spent a year of her childhood in Baghdad, Iraq, a place in which she does not have too many strong memories of, yet finds fascination with when she watches her footage. "My grandmother, mom, brother, and I are in the footage. It’s very interesting to see this place that kind of has a memory for me, and then seeing family members like my grandfather who’s no longer alive, and then seeing my mother as a ‘young mother.’" Aeyliya describes having memories of eating certain candy in Iraq, and specifically in the footage she speculates that her mother was going to the mosque perhaps to pray, while she and her brother were running around in the courtyard. "[It’s] very surreal to see your past, to see yourself and your history. When I first watched the footage I thought ‘oh, this is kind of a weird feeling, strange, but still good.’" There are a number of ways ones life could’ve been dramatically different. "Where is home?" She ponders. Aeyliya’s family came to Montreal "literally" by boat. "We left London to Montreal and took the QE2, and then settled in St. Catherines, Ontario. "One decision that you have no control over could dramatically change your life," Aeyliya adds, describing her thoughts behind her parents decision to live in Iraq for a year, nearly settling there, before plans changed and then moved from London to St. Catherines instead, "I look at the footage and think of that sometimes.""

Amrita's Mehndi Party, Nussarat Wedding Songs : daughter’s pre-wedding music party

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring a woman walking into a room full of people and sitting down and the camera zooms in to her hands that are decorated with henna.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "My daughters pre-wedding music party. She walks in with henna on hands. The video depicts an Indian wedding held in British Columbia. A series of ceremonies took place over the course of many days, including the singing of wedding songs during the Sangeet music party, the father of the bride singing, and the application of henna on the hands. A North Indian Punjabi dance, Bhangra, is performed by aunts and uncles of the bride. The wedding was held at the paternal aunt's house."

Amrita's Mehndi Party, Nussarat Wedding Songs : singing at my daughter’s wedding

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring a man singing and playing a keyboard.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "I’m singing at my daughter wedding. Video depicts an Indian wedding held in British Columbia. A series of ceremonies took place over the course of many days, including the singing of wedding songs during the Sangeet music party, the father of the bride singing, and the application of henna on the hands. A North Indian Punjabi dance, Bhangra, is performed by aunts and uncles of the bride. The wedding was held at the paternal aunt's house."

Wedding (3) Anjah's home entry, Friday home party, Zubin Tanya Deep Cove : anniversary party

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring desserts on a table, zooms out to group of adults including on person filming the person behind the camera, everyone appears happy and are giggling, the person behind the camera starts singing happy birthday while a woman cuts a cake topped with kiwi slices, and everyone applauds at the end of the song with the camera panning to reveal many others in the room.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "Adults enjoying an anniversary party. The cameraman (father/grandfather) interviews the children, asking how they like Vancouver, and their thoughts on the wedding recorded in a previous video. The clip shows a family gathering, where the adults enjoy an anniversary party, while the children watch Pinocchio in the family room."

Bijay's Graduation, Home Bhangra : graduating from Stanford University with an MBA

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring a graduation ceremony with camera zoomed on crowd and individuals in a hotel room celebrating by opening a champagne bottle.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "My son graduates with an MBA from Stanford University and we celebrate in a hotel room with his mother. Video shows the donors brother graduating from Stanford University, followed by a celebration in a hotel. A graduation toast is given by the father in English."

Bijay's Wedding (2) Civil Ceremony, Ghori, Cocktail Reception : grandson dance

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring a child dancing on a dance floor with disco lights in the background and a crowd cheering him on.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "My son’s wedding and Michael Jackson dance by my grandson. This video depicts an Indian family’s wedding within North American customs, and shows a couple taking their civic vows, followed by a reception. Performances are held, after which the dancers receive blessings where the guests circle them with cash and leave it as a blessing. Songs of romance are sung in Punjabi and Hindi.

Skikh prayer is taken on the morning of the wedding, where the groom is wearing a traditional headdress shrouding the eyes. The headdress is tied on by the grooms sister,creating a symbol of mystery and modesty, and the warding off of the evil eye. The groom then ventures from his dwellings to his brides’, riding by horseback to symbolize the right of passage to manhood. The family surrounds the groom in a musical procession. This reenactment of an Indian tradition was the first to be held in New York City."

Wedding (3) Anjah's home entry, Friday home party, Zubin Tanya Deep Cove : family and friends at home

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring children sitting on a couch and on the floor eating food while watching Pinocchio on TV. The camera zooms in to the TV for the second half of the clip.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "Family and friends party at home. The cameraman (father/grandfather) interviews the children, asking how they like Vancouver, and their thoughts on the wedding recorded in a previous video. The clip shows a family gathering, where the adults enjoy an anniversary party, while the children watch Pinocchio in the family room."

Bijay's Wedding (2) Civil Ceremony, Ghori, Cocktail Reception : singing at my son’s wedding

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring a wedding party listening to individuals performing.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "I’m singing at my son’s wedding. This video depicts an Indian family’s wedding within North American customs, and shows a couple taking their civic vows, followed by a reception. Performances are held, after which the dancers receive blessings where the guests circle them with cash and leave it as a blessing. Songs of romance are sung in Punjabi and Hindi.

Skikh prayer is taken on the morning of the wedding, where the groom is wearing a traditional headdress shrouding the eyes. The headdress is tied on by the grooms sister,creating a symbol of mystery and modesty, and the warding off of the evil eye. The groom then ventures from his dwellings to his brides’, riding by horseback to symbolize the right of passage to manhood. The family surrounds the groom in a musical procession. This reenactment of an Indian tradition was the first to be held in New York City."

Bijay's Graduation, Home Bhangra : graduation toast

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring three individuals drinking champagne and discussing a t-shirt that reads "A-B-C-D-E-F-U-C-K."

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "This is a graduate toast with mum and dad (my wife and I). Video shows the donors brother graduating from Stanford University, followed by a celebration in a hotel. A graduation toast is given by the father in English."

Bijay's Wedding (2) Civil Ceremony, Ghori, Cocktail Reception : civil vows

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring officiant reciting wedding pledges and couple exchanging their vows.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "My son’s wedding civil vows. This video depicts an Indian family’s wedding within North American customs, and shows a couple taking their civic vows, followed by a reception. Performances are held, afterwhich the dancers receive blessings where the guests circle them with cash and leave it as a blessing. Songs of romance are sung in Punjabi and Hindi.

Skikh prayer is taken on the morning of the wedding, where the groom is wearing a traditional headdress shrouding the eyes. The headdress is tied on by the grooms sister,creating a symbol of mystery and modesty, and the warding off of the evil eye. The groom then ventures from his dwellings to his brides’, riding by horseback to symbolize the right of passage to manhood. The family surrounds the groom in a musical procession. This reenactment of an Indian tradition was the first to be held in New York City."

Zubin Tanya Sikh Camp, Zubin's 13th Birthday

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring women receiving papers from men and posing for a group photograph with award certificates in their hands.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "My grandchildren and nieces receiving a certificate from Sikh Gurdwara for studying religious prayers. Video takes place in the religious temple, a Sikh Gurdwara. When immigrating to Canada, the sister of the donor lived with her parents, who insisted her children participate in religious education. Featured here, are the children praying in Punjabi, a language foreign to them. Later, the eldest grandchild celebrates his 13th birthday and receives presents. In the last clip, the child recites a prayer on his birthday in order to receive a gift and cheque."

Zubin Tanya Sikh Camp, Zubin's 13th Birthday

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring a child coming out from a hallway to a living room and the man behind the camera says and starts singing happy birthday along with two women and another child who give the birthday boy hugs.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "we’re celebrating my eldest grandchild’s 13th birthday. Video takes place in the religious temple, a Sikh Gurdwara. When immigrating to Canada, the sister of the donor lived with her parents, who insisted her children participate in religious education. Featured here, are the children praying in Punjabi, a language foreign to them. Later, the eldest grandchild celebrates his 13th birthday and receives presents. In the last clip, the child recites a prayer on his birthday in order to receive a gift and cheque."

Zubin Tanya Sikh Camp, Zubin's 13th Birthday

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring a child reciting phases in another language while looking at the camera.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "Video takes place in the religious temple, a Sikh Gurdwara. When immigrating to Canada, the sister of the donor lived with her parents, who insisted her children participate in religious education. Featured here, are the children praying in Punjabi, a language foreign to them. Later, the eldest grandchild celebrates his 13th birthday and receives presents. In the last clip, the child recites a prayer on his birthday in order to receive a gift and cheque."

Wedding (3) Anjah's home entry, Friday home party, Zubin Tanya Deep Cove : picnic

Item consists of an Indian family’s home movie featuring two children standing on a rock in water at Vancouver and taking to the camera about their trip.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "My family having a picnic at Deep Cove North Vancouver. The cameraman (father/grandfather) interviews the children, asking how they like Vancouver, and their thoughts on the wedding recorded in a previous video. The clip shows a family gathering, where the adults enjoy an anniversary party, while the children watch Pinocchio in the family room."

Premiere Communion de Josiane : multiple generations dancing

Item consists of a Haitian family's home movie featuring multiple generations eating and dancing to music in a living room.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "The year is 1985 and in Verdun, Quebec, eight or nine years old Josiane Blanc celebrates her Catholic communion. Here she cuts her cake among her mom and family members."

Premiere Communion de Josiane : speech

Item consists of a Haitian family's home movie starts with a child putting a communion veil on another child. It also features the child in a white dress speaking to an audience and ends with several children entering the frame wrapping arms around one another. The audio is out of sync and the footage contains a lot of noise.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "The year is 1985 and in Verdun, Quebec, eight or nine years old Josiane Blanc celebrates her Catholic communion. In this clip Josiane is speak and telling her family what she is grateful for. She goes on to play with her friends and cousins. Josiane recalls that growing up in Verdun she was one of the only Black kids at her school for a few years. When the second Black girl arrived, they would end up being friends and her friend appears in tail end of this video."

Premiere Communion de Josiane : cake

Item consists of a Haitian family's home movie featuring a child in a white dress cutting a large decorative cake in the shape of a chapel and book cake with help from and supervision of three women. A child is a black suit and tie also appears in the footage.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "The year is 1985 and in Verdun, Quebec, eight or nine years old Josiane Blanc celebrates her Catholic communion. Here she cuts her cake among her mom and family members."

Premiere Communion de Josiane : adults dancing

Item consists of a Haitian family's home movie featuring two adults dancing to music in a living room. The footage is damaged with the colour switching to back and white, flickering, and a lot of noise appearing.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows:"The year is 1985 and in Verdun, Quebec, eight or nine years old Josiane Blanc celebrates her Catholic communion. In this clip Josiane’s mom dances with her uncle."

Singh family videos

Series consists of home movies documenting the everyday life of a Sikh family, including footage of weddings, graduation ceremonies and celebrations, birthdays, religious education, picnics, and parties.

Singh family

Traditional Sikh marriage in India

Item consists of a Punjabi-, Jatt-, and Sikh-Canadian family's home movie featuring family members speaking to one another, driving through the countryside, and speaking one another at a wedding.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "Jagtar’s grandfather Sardar Bishon Singh left colonial India in 1902 and after enduring a two year journey via several steam ships from Calcutta, Hong Kong, The Philippines and Hawaii finally arrived on the shores of California in the Port of Stockton in 1904. Sardar Bishon Singh was instrumental in establishing the very first Sikh Gurdwara in North America in Stockton California. Following the devastating major San Francisco earthquake and then the resulting fires which completely destroyed San Francisco in 1906, Jagtar’s grandfather escaped to Vancouver British Columbia on a boxcar, marking the first of his family’s arrival in Canada. His grandfather was eventually able to sponsor his younger brothers son’s arrival to Canada in January of 1960, and Jagtar born in India in December of 1959, arrived to Canada at five years of age on December 18th, 1964. Jagtar returned to India for the first time since his childhood at 25 years old for a traditional Sikh marriage in January of 1985.

In this clip, on February 5th, 1985 in Gurdwara Karamsar Rara Sahib or Gurdwara Rara Sahib is situated at village Rara Sahib near Ludhiana, Punjab, India, Jagtar and his soon to be wife Gurinder Kaur, receive a blessing from the Gurdwara Sant Ji elder prior to their wedding. The two elder gentlemen are Jagtar’s future father-in-law Sardar Mewa Singh Kular and father Sardar Hardev Singh Dhaliwal. Here his father is visible in a pale blue suit not far from Sant Ji. This home movie memorializes these two important figures in Jagtar’s life who have since passed, his father-in-law and his father. After his father’s passing, Jagtar says it was fate to see his father here and remember him as a young man.

In the next scene, Jagtar is in his ancestral village in Toosey, Punjab, India dressed in his wedding attire. As they are leaving, elders and family women offer their blessings by giving him sweet treats.

The car and the groom's family travel down to the Milni ceremony (meeting of the two families) for introduction between the two families. After both sides of the family arrive, the fathers meet and exchange garlands. The uncles at each level exchange an official introduction. Then people gather for tea and refreshments just before going to the Gurdwara, a place of worship.

The groom’s side of the family pays respect to the Guru Granth Sahib, a living embodiment of the Sikh’s gurus."

Amesthgot - Father's Day 2005, Building Cabin Aug 2005

Item consists of a Anishinaabe family's home movie.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "Shot in August 2005, Rebeka Tabobondung and by her partner David Shilling, hang out and have fun with his two daughters, Amethyst and Maaiingan (meaning wolf in Ojibwe) in a Toronto park. At the time, the daughters were living with this mothers so it was great to have them for the weekend. Both Rebeka and Dave shoot, and Rebeka was pregnant at the time.

Later that same summer they go to Georgian Bay on Lake Huron. They are building their cabin in Wasauksing First Nation where Rebeka's family is from. They purchased a trailer, and were clearing and building on the land. Dave shoots his daughters exploring the woods. Towards the end they are visible making the foundation and the piers. Now that they have had their land and the cabin for 14 years, it has since turned into their dream house."

F.N.G.A. 2002

Item consists of a Anishinaabe family's home movie.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "A protest against the First Nations Governance Act (FNGA) at Parliament Hill in 2003. FNGA was a legislation that the government was trying to impose on First Nations that would overstep their jurisdiction to First Nations relations, impeding their rights as sovereign nations in very much the same type Indigenous people had with the White Paper, it could lead to a slippery slope of further government control over our nations.

Various Chiefs across Canada organized this protest that gathered quite a lot of support across First Nations. This was part of a caravan to Ottawa and take place in Toronto, ON.

Chief Roberta Jamieson, the chief of Six Nation, is talking about the FNGA can negatively affect the community. Beside her is another respected leader Roger Obonsawin shared a few words among well-known community members. Rebeka and David travel in their van and on their way stops in a Mohawk community, Tyendinaga where they are hosted.

They arrive in Ottawa and people from across Canada came and in the end there are people the legislation was thrown out. They succeeded.

The National Chief Matthew Coon Come gave a speech on Parliament Hill. The National Chief spoke out a lot at that time against the Federal government. Many social organizations were afraid of having their funding pulled but it was really good to be apart of something larger, bringing people across the country together.

As young Indigenous people in Toronto they formed the Coalition of Indigenous Sovereignty, including allies, supported by unions and grassroots organizations, met regularly to oppose this legislation. ‘It’s pretty inspiring to review that part of our lives. It captured a moment in time in Toronto for our family that was very special with us. It reflects where our communities were at.’

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Rebeka and her family take a road trip to relatives in the states of David Shilling's in their old van. They were excited to cross this huge bridge into the states. His cousin plays with their kids.

There was a gathering to honor the live of the late Anishnaabe [Rodney Bobiwash] from the Mississaugas nations up north and [Kim Pernel Dominco]. Rodney was a professor at the University of Toronto and used to be the director of First Nations House. He worked international solidarity with Indigenous people in the South, and he had been support the work of [Kim penrecl Dominico] from Colombia. They had been working had together to bring light to the damning of a river on traditional territories. It was during the Free Trade Agreement summit happening in Montreal. Unfortunately, [Kim] was targeted and disappeared. It was devastating.

Shortly after that Rodney passed away due to complications with diabetes. They had his funeral at the Native Canadian Centre in Toronto, hundreds and hundreds of people came out. A Mayan group performed a beautiful dance in his tribute. At the time they felt very fortunate to be able to document things for their communities and to have that proof of gatherings and also for their family.

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In the late nineties and early 2000s Rebeka’s brother and dad at the cabin for the summer. They had a huge catch and had a big fish fry and invited friends over. They made fried bread and lightly battered fish. Rebeka recalls that it was a lot of work to get the line ready, and to fillet it and to bred it, but it was heavenly to have."

Traditional Sikh marriage in India : Ardas, palla, and lama

Item consists of a Punjabi-, Jatt-, and Sikh-Canadian family's home movie featuring a wedding and family members speaking outside, singing, and dancing.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "The bride's side of the family takes their seat beside the groom and the ceremony begins. There’s an Ardas, a request for a blessing. The priest Jathadar Ji advises the couple on how to conduct their lives together according to Sikh traditions and religious edicts.

The bride’s father takes the palla around the groom’s neck and puts it around his daughter, officially blessing them. The lamas begin; the couple bows down and walks around the Guru. The lama is repeated four times and with each lama, the couple gets closer to marriage. After that and more scripture, the audience members pay their respect one by one. The couple is seen off and returns and celebrates in their ancestral village with sweets, blessings and dancing."

Tabobondung family videos

Series consists of home movies from an Anishinaabe family in Parry Sound, Ontario. The footage features an annual Pow Wow at the SkyDome in 2001, a book launch for "Nation to Nation: Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Future of Canada," a protest against the First Nations Governance Act (FNGA) at Parliament Hill in 2003 including a speech from Six Nation Chief Roberta Jamieson and the National Chief Matthew Coon Come, a road trip to the United States, and visiting the cabin for the summer.

Tabobondung family

Skydome Pow wow 2001, City shots - Universe, Rebeka Reading Book Launch Nov/2001

Item consists of a Anishinaabe family's home movie.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "In 2001 in Toronto, Ontario at the SkyDome for an annual Pow wow. It was a huge event that everyone in Toronto looked forward to. At the time Rebeka was working for Native Women in the Arts and Dave comes by to visit Rebeka and they go and walk around the pow wow and visit friends.

The second part of the clip is at an event, is a book launch for ‘Nation to Nation: Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Future of Canada’ (2001), a compilation of academic writings about Indigenous sovereignty. A friend of Rebeka’s was one of the publishers, and at the time Rebeka was staying with her, and gifted her friend with a poem for letting her stay at her house. She loved the poem so much she made it the front cover of the book. Rebeka is seen in the clip speaking to the value of the book, at the time there weren’t a lot of contemporary books about nation to nation."

Tennis : adults

Item consists of a Filipino-Canadian family's home movie featuring two men playing tennis at a park.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "Martin’s grandfather and neighbor, who is also Filipino are playing tennis together.

There is a community of Filipinos in Mississauga, and growing up, the Edralins had a close-knit group of family and friends. In 1983, when the footage was taken, there were no condos in the neighborhood. When Martin used to attend Francis Xavier Secondary School at the intersection of Mavis Rd. and Matheson Blvd, there was a farm across the street. Demographically, the neighborhood has changed immensely. At his elementary school, there were about three Asian families, four black kids who were brothers and the rest of the children were white."

Dhaliwal family videos

Series consists of a Punjabi-, Jatt-, and Sikh-Canadian family’s home movies documenting a Sikh wedding in India and a religious pilgrimage to pay respects at the Sri Harmandir Sahib.

Dhaliwal family

Traditional Sikh marriage in India

Item consists of a Punjabi-, Jatt-, and Sikh-Canadian family's home movie featuring family members speaking to one another, driving through the countryside, and speaking one another at a wedding.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "Jagtar’s grandfather Sardar Bishon Singh left colonial India in 1902 and after enduring a two year journey via several steam ships from Calcutta, Hong Kong, The Philippines and Hawaii finally arrived on the shores of California in the Port of Stockton in 1904. Sardar Bishon Singh was instrumental in establishing the very first Sikh Gurdwara in North America in Stockton California. Following the devastating major San Francisco earthquake and then the resulting fires which completely destroyed San Francisco in 1906, Jagtar’s grandfather escaped to Vancouver British Columbia on a boxcar, marking the first of his family’s arrival in Canada. His grandfather was eventually able to sponsor his younger brothers son’s arrival to Canada in January of 1960, and Jagtar born in India in December of 1959, arrived to Canada at five years of age on December 18th, 1964. Jagtar returned to India for the first time since his childhood at 25 years old for a traditional Sikh marriage in January of 1985.

In this clip, on February 5th, 1985 in Gurdwara Karamsar Rara Sahib or Gurdwara Rara Sahib is situated at village Rara Sahib near Ludhiana, Punjab, India, Jagtar and his soon to be wife Gurinder Kaur, receive a blessing from the Gurdwara Sant Ji elder prior to their wedding. The two elder gentlemen are Jagtar’s future father-in-law Sardar Mewa Singh Kular and father Sardar Hardev Singh Dhaliwal. Here his father is visible in a pale blue suit not far from Sant Ji. This home movie memorializes these two important figures in Jagtar’s life who have since passed, his father-in-law and his father. After his father’s passing, Jagtar says it was fate to see his father here and remember him as a young man.

In the next scene, Jagtar is in his ancestral village in Toosey, Punjab, India dressed in his wedding attire. As they are leaving, elders and family women offer their blessings by giving him sweet treats.

The car and the groom's family travel down to the Milni ceremony (meeting of the two families) for introduction between the two families. After both sides of the family arrive, the fathers meet and exchange garlands. The uncles at each level exchange an official introduction. Then people gather for tea and refreshments just before going to the Gurdwara, a place of worship.

The groom’s side of the family pays respect to the Guru Granth Sahib, a living embodiment of the Sikh’s gurus."

Traditional Sikh marriage in India : Sri Harmandir Sahib

Item consists of a Item consists of a Punjabi-, Jatt-, and Sikh-Canadian family's home movie featuring a portion of a wedding featuring singing and traditional ceremonies.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "In late February in 1985 Jagtar’s after getting married in India for his wedding took a religious pilgrimage to pay respects at the Sri Harmandir Sahib. They visited the Sri Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) to see the aftermath of Operation Blue Star, where the 1984 attacks by the Indian paramilitary troops to oust out Sikh extremists happened. The attacks killed hundreds of people and left tons of damage to the buildings and structures of the Sri Harmandir Sahib complex, the holiest shrine of Sikhism. In the clip you see Jagtar pan the camera to the bullet holes and remnants of the attack. ‘It was a tense and strange situation’. He proceeded in India with caution but was fortunate that his future father-in-law was a powerful man in India and provided protection at his wedding."

Fishing

Item consists of a Filipino-Canadian family's home movie featuring three men fishing, celebrating, reeling in, and gutting fish on the boardwalk.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "Martin’s grandfather on his mother’s side and a family friend are fishing in Wooler, which is a small town close to Peterborough, ON. Vacations that the family took together were generally local, about two or three hours away, and they were invited by friends who have access to cottages. In the clip, they excitedly catch a fish and begin clipping it. Martin remembers going fishing with his dad and really enjoying holding the fishing rod."

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