Dust n’ Bones is a documentary that examines the legal issues, political controversies and historic mysteries that threaten the preservation and re-dedication of First Nations artifacts, burial sites, and remains.
Framed around the impending transfer of funerary artifacts from the Royal BC Museum to traditional Cowichan territory, these themes are realized through the POV of traditional Cowichan former gravedigger, filmmaker and archaeological consultant Harold Joe.
Complimenting both the personal and professional journey of Harold are the perspectives of the archaeologists, Elders, professors, and museum curators he encounters through his work.
The insights of these subjects are told through one-on-one interviews hosted by Joe, as well as through dramatic recreations, archival and creative location footage that speaks to their experiences.
Dust n’ Bones was written and directed by Harold C. Joe and Leslie D. Bland.
Exec. Producer: Harold C. Joe and Producer Leslie D. Bland of Less Bland Productions
Photos by Blair Denman