In this superbly crafted documentary, Maracle tells the story of the Two Row Wampum, considered to be the most important diplomatic instrument in Mohawk (Haudenosaunee) history recognizing the co-existence between First Nations and settlers’ sovereignty and ecological stewardship. Four hundred years later, however, this treaty – among many others – has not been honoured and a strong Indigenous mobilization is rising across North America in reaction. Maracle’s formidable documentary revisits this agreement and examines the Indigenous response to this broken agreement.
Radio commentator Swing is seen at the beginning, introducing the animated film to follow. The action shows the various treaties and non-aggression pacts of the 1930's and how they served to expose the foolish trust the allied countries put in them, when Hitler broke them all in his march of conquest.