This remarkable film traces roots of differing kinds – natural tree roots collected and woven into exquisite baskets and hats, but also cultural roots of kinship traced across boundaries of time, space and generation
— Julie Cruikshank, Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of British Columbia. Author, “Do Glacier’s Listen.”
The story unfolds like roots, in multiple directions all at once…although Churchill is the subject of the documentary, she is also one of its architects. It is her weaving, the art of it and the intellectual quest she lays before viewers that gives the film its humble humanity.
— Indira Arrigra, Anchorage Press
I felt I was right there walking in the woods, along the shoreline. I wasn’t just watching something, I was being part of it.
— Bill Holm, Author, “Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form"
This beautiful and moving film about weaver Delores Churchill situates the artist within ancient traditions as well as contemporary science.
— Aldona Jonaitis. Director, University of Alaska Museum of the North
Tracing Roots shows the extremely complex socio-cultural context of objects from the deep archeological past. Delores and her students reveal cultural continuity that that seems to be present in our souls.
— Larry J. Zimmerman, Professor of Anthropology & Museum Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University
Inspirational. The film shows how one person can through commitment to respectful inquiry, learn and help teach and touch hearts and minds. And where there is respect and integrity, research and publication can add value to all affected and interested parties ….Delores’ work is especially important in this because she reaches out beyond her proximal communities in pursuit of the knowledge and relationships that ultimately weave us together.
— John R Welch Dept. Archaeology and School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University