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Oak Island in 1966

Postby D'Arcy on Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:23 am

I just stumbled across this tacky National Film Board promo film about Canada. It has an interesting aerial sequence (about 9 minutes and 50 seconds in) of Oak Island in 1966. Taken, I guess, while Bob Dunfield and Dan Blankenship were working the island. They sure liked to make things go Boom!

http://www.nfb.ca/film/helicopter_canada/

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Re: Oak Island in 1966

Postby Tank04 on Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:29 pm

D'Arcy,

Great show, loved it. I got hooked at the opening sequence with the helicopter and yodeling and watched the entire thing. I mean what is more Canadian than helicopters and yodeling?

No doubt in my mind at the 10:50 mark, that IS Robert Dunfield in his trade mark light coloured (wool?) overcoat. Dan can't be far away and I bet Jim Kaizer is there too. Boom indeed!!!
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Re: Oak Island in 1966

Postby D'Arcy on Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:03 pm

[quote="Tank04"]

I mean what is more Canadian than helicopters and yodeling? /quote]

I guess you didn't notice that a beaver was flying the helicopter and a moose was doing the yodeling!

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Re: Oak Island in 1966

Postby Tank04 on Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:08 pm

That was a Beaver!!! I didn't know they can fly!!!

Lester B. Pearson at the 20:47 was a blast from the past.
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Re: Oak Island in 1966

Postby D'Arcy on Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:05 pm

My favorite part (right near the beginning) was when they show a bunch of people swimming and frolicking at some beach, and the VO says: "These are Canadian natives. See how happy they are to see visitors."

Then we see a bunch of white bread families on the beach and in the water.

And here was I expecting to see Cree, Inuit, Mohawk, Mickmac and other Canadian "natives" happy in their squalid reserves? Silly me!

Where the hell is Keith Ranville when we need him?

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Re: Oak Island in 1966

Postby Tank04 on Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:45 am

D'Arcy,

And here was I expecting to see Cree, Inuit, Mohawk, Mickmac and other Canadian "natives" happy in their squalid reserves? Silly me!



Funny, I thought the same thing. I was at a camp fire presentation a few weeks ago at Cape Blomidon Park listening to a Seneca Mohawk (Turtle Tribe) guy telling ancient native stories, his summer gig. He sure made it sound pretty sweet for them in the pre-contact time. I also note there is very little about our Native brothers and sisters in that film, it was from a different time.

Be sure to ask me someday how it is the Bear ended up with his stumpy little tail.
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