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At 85 years of age, Alanis Obomsawin hasn’t slowed down since her emergence as a songwriter, musician, poet, and filmmaker in the 1960s. Her extensive filmography of over 50 films has shed light and raised awareness of pressing issues in Indigenous communities as well as their joy, lightness, and love. In the 1970s, she curated the Indigenous stage at the Mariposa Folk Festival and helped to bring artists like Willie Dunn, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, and Duke Redbird to the stage. Still active as an in-house director at the National Film Board of Canada, this Order of Canada recipient is much more than a national treasure, she has created a positive change in the world. After a lengthy absence, Alanis has recently returned to the stage to perform material from her career, including 1985’s landmark, Bush Lady.