• Filmmaker(s) :

    Louie Francis

  • Original title : THE LEGEND OF QUANJA LAKE
  • Duration : 05:44
  • Year : 2018
  • Genre : Documentary
  • Community : Wikwemikong
  • Nation : Anishnabe
  • Workshop : Wikwemikong


In his second film, Louie Francis (The Bell Rocks) explores the origins of the tales of the great serpent that is rumoured to live under lake Quanja. Elders reveal to him that the Ojibwe people of Wiikwemkoong have always believed in this serpent and that it is, in fact, a water spirit, not a malevolent monster. Ogimaa Duke Peltier (Unceded, The Return of the Warrior's Sword) joins Louie on a canoe trip and explains that we need to respect these beliefs, as they are a part of Ojibwe culture and ancestry. Louie also explores the large snake fossils that can be found around Quanja, establishing a possible archaeological link to the legends.