Video

The Winter Chill

Paul Rickard

2005, 24:50 minutes, colour

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A young Cree man ventures to an unknown region of his father’s trapline and meets Pakaaskokan, the last remaining supernatural being of its kind. Though initially frightening, the man answers the pleas of help from the creature that leads to a shocking moment of realization. The Winter Chill is an adaptation and modern retelling of a traditional Cree narrative about the filmmaker's great-grandfather’s own encounter with this ancient emaciated being. In traditional Cree storytelling, Pakaaskokan is one of the lesser-known Cree supernatural beings that inhabit the boreal forests of the Canadian sub-arctic. It has the ability to fly, is skeleton or emaciated in appearance, its origin is of human victims by starvation or disease, and it signals its presence by a weird laughter, moans, or rattling bones. It is sometimes blamed for missing traps that it steals from trappers.

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