Xusum by Alanis Obomsawin – NFB


Accompanied by a song in the Lil̓wat7úl language, we follow a woman as she makes gwùshum, a Líl̓wat dessert and a very special treat. From the harvesting of the xúsum (soapberries or salmonberries) to the construction of the corn-husk whisk, a dish is created that is equal measures mouthwatering and awe-inspiring.

This short is part of the L’il’wata series. In the early 1970s, at the outset of her documentary career, Alanis Obomsawin visited the Líl̓wat Nation, an Interior Salish First Nation in British Columbia, and created a series of shorts that provide personal narratives about Líl̓wat culture, histories and knowledge.

This is a repost from the National Film Board of Canada

A number of films by Alanis Obomsawin have been made available to watch for free. Just follow the link above. I suggest her film Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance if you are interested in learning about the Oka Crisis.