Merchants of The Wild
13 x 30’
Year of Production
Buck Productions & Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures
Indigenous explorers go back to basics to experience life as their ancestors lived
Merchants of the Wild mixes survival, nature and adventure, as six indigenous adventurers learn what it takes to complete a fur trade mission similar to the ones their ancestors would have endured in Northern Canada over 400 years ago. Travelling in birch bark canoes, the brave group is taught by Elders and ‘Knowledge Keepers’, learning to make tools and use skills passed on orally through generations. These teachings are essential to their survival, as they take to the land with no modern technology on a voyage that will leave them forever changed. The diverse group must survive for 25 days, using their collective knowledge and courage to find food, make shelter, endure freezing nights and battle an emotional journey to reconnect them with the land of their forefathers.