Canada | Eastern North America

Inon or the Conquest of Fire, 1972

Frédéric Back’s second animated film takes up a theme common to all North American cultures: the quest for fire, withheld from humankind by the God of Thunder.

In Québec, the Algonquin once inhabited the region today known as Abitibi-Temiscaminque. They lived largely from hunting, fishing and gathering, but also practised farming.

Inon is based on an Algonquin legend:
Inon, the God of Thunder, possessed fire, but did not want to share it with the humans. Instead, he used it to frighten them. Humans and animals, who lived in harmony at the time, decided to vanquish the cold once and for all by seizing fire for themselves. Bear has a dream, then Hawk, Wolf and Beaver are appointed to go and find fire. After many adventures, they succeed in their quest, bringing fire back to humankind. It was a time when humans and animals understood each other.

To read about the legend from the book Légendes indiennes du Canada by Claude Mélançon, click here
To read more about the film, click here

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Image from the film Inon or the Conquest of Fire.
Canada, Quebec
Film illustration, felt pen and collage, on frosted cell
Credit: Frédéric Back and Radio-Canada
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